Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the largest holiday in the Chinese community, celebrated in January or February. Many other Asian nations, such as Korea, the Philippines and Vietnam, celebrate the same holiday.
While China uses the Gregorian calendar like most other countries, the Chinese lunisolar calendar governs traditional holidays. In Chinese astrology, each year is assigned one of twelve animals, as well as one of five elements, creating a combined cycle over 60 years. The animal of the coming year is featured during the celebration.