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Chinese New Year - often called Chinese Lunar New Year although it actually is lunisolar - is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.
Despite its winter occurrence, in China it is known as 'Spring Festival,' the literal translation of the Chinese name, owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons.
The festival begins on the first day of the first month in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day.
The Chinese year that runs almost parallel to the Gregorian (Western) 2013 is called Year of the Snake.