Chinese New Year is the most important holiday of the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival begins on the first day of the lunar month and ends on the fifteenth day with a Lantern Festival usually on the night of the full moon. The holiday is celebrated not only by the Chinese but also by Koreans, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Mongolians, Bhutanese and other countries with large Chinese populations such as the Philippines,Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia. Visiting friends and neighbors, family gatherings, fireworks, dragon dances and the giving of red envelopes are all part of the celebration. This year is the Year of the RAT, and in case you're wondering, the rat is seen as a positive symbol for the Chinese. Now that the holiday is officially over, we hope you all had a happy and prosperous New Year.