20 Seconds China: Fortune Telling

The impression is from last summer, but between Western New Year and Chinese Spring Festival (which also marks the end of an old and the beginning of a new year), it seems the appropriate time.

Where ‘the West’ celebrates in various ways, but generally public and loud, China gets more familiar but even louder – Spring Festival/ChunJie is the largest annual human migration of the world because it is the most important of all special days in the Chinese calendar, when even extended families may try and come together, parents infamously torment their grown-up children with questions about their marriage prospects or even try to set them up as they see fit. No wonder hopes and fears for the new year are great, and people do what they can to find out or influence what it will bring…


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