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Millions of Chinese leave for Lunar holidays

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today shut down for a week to celebrate the welcoming the year of the Dog, triggering the world's largest annual human migration where people go to their villages for family reunions.

All the government and private offices as well as most of business have been closed all over the country with millions of Chinese heading to home to be with their kin or for holiday destinations for tourist spots in and abroad.

Around 380 million domestic trips are expected during the week-long holidays, the National Tourism Bureau said.

The also known as is celebrated for about a month. The official holiday however lasts for a week.

There is a mad scramble for air, rail and bus tickets. Reports say highways are also clogged with heavy traffic.

say nearly 2.98 billion trips are expected to be made during theChunyun or travel rush, and hundreds of thousands of Chinese, mostly migrant workers, will go home using every means of transport including motorcycles.

After the week, the return rush starts in the same way. Considering the numbers, it is regarded as the world's biggest annual human migration.

This year China bids farewell to the year of Rooster and welcome the year ofthe

In the Chinese lunar calendar, years are grouped into a 12-year cycle, with each year assigned to an animal symbols, including rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster,and pig.

Most of the places all over the country are decorated with buntings featuring

"Chinese people's way of celebrating the festival has changed from a carnival ritual to a more restrained and environmentally friendly manner, due to lifestyle changes and concerns over pollution," Zhang Yiwu, a of Chinese literature at Peking University, told state-run

The is also promoting the festival abroad to spread Chinese

celebrations will also be held in more than 400 cities in over 130 countries and regions, a government announcement said.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 12:55 IST