Millions Prepare for Chinese New Year

    BEIJING, CHINA - FEBRUARY 09:  Chinese folk artists perform during the opening ceremony of the Spring Festival Temple Fair at Dragon Lake Park on February 9, 2013 in Beijing, China.The Chinese Lunar New Year of Snake also known as the Spring Festival, which is based on the Lunisolar Chinese calendar, is celebrated from the first day of the first month of the lunar year and ends with Lantern Festival on the Fifteenth day.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

    Folk artist performs in Beijing on Saturday. (Lintao Zhang/Getty)

    Do you have enough fireworks and fortune cookies ready? Millions of people around the world are getting everything in order for the Lunar New Year, or Chinese New Year, which begins on Sunday. The most important holiday in much of Asia, the new Year of the Snake will begin with Sunday’s new moon. About 200 million people have traveled across China to be with their families for the holiday in what is likely the biggest mass human migration on the planet, for the most part emptying big cities of manual laborers. So put up those red and gold decorations and make a bowl of lucky rice-noodle soup: Sunday’s going to be a big one.

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