History of Chinese New Year

Date

Practices

Business

Popularity

Immigrants

Statistics

  • #1: largest human migration in the world
  • 1/6: world’s population celebrates this holiday
  • 7 days: The typical amount of time people get off for the holiday
  • 3.6 billion: Journeys are made as people return to their homes
  • 19 billion: texts sent on the holiday in 2009, a world record
  • 800 million: viewers of the Spring Festival Eve TV gala, most watched entertainment show in the world. Since 1983, it has been the family ritual to watch this cultural variety show, like the Ed Sullivan Show was in the US in the 1960s.

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