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Chinese New Year

Commemorating the first day of the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese New Year is an eminent celebration among the Chinese community in the world. It's also the only festivity in Malaysia that is non religious. Besides the family reunions where the yee sang dish is eaten together for prosperity, gifts of red angpau are given to those yet unmarried. Penang is famous for taking this festivity out onto the streets with deity parades, loud fireworks as well as lion and dragon dances. The last day of Chinese New Year celebration is on the 15th day when an annual lantern festival takes place.