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Books about China, for Chinese New Year

As London celebrated Chinese New Year this weekend, the Book Fairies made their way across London with a selection of titles about Chinese Culture.

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year’s Day is the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar. The date is different each year on the Gregorian calendar, but is always between January 21th and February 20th.

Chinese New Year was set to coincide with the slack time just before a new year of farm work begins, as a time of preparation. When most Chinese were farmers this made sense. Now 55% of China’s population is urban (a generation ago it was 25%), but 100+ million return to their rural roots for CNY.

Chinese traditionally celebrated the start of a new year of farm work, and wished/prayed for a good harvest. This has now evolved into celebrating the start of a new business year and wishing for profits and success in various vocations.

Chinese New Year 2017 begins a year of the Rooster.

If you’re thinking of heading to China or interested in learning more about the culture, you can always head to for all the reading you’ll need!

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