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Expats Celebrate Lunar New Year With Mix of Work, Play and Dab of Superstition

We’ll close out the Year of the Rooster with a look at holiday work habits during the Lunar New Year, zeroing in on China’s relatively unusual custom of shutting down for an entire week for this important time. Such prolonged shutdowns are something you rarely see in the West, where public holidays seldom go beyond a single day or possibly two. Longer multi-day holidays are more common in Asia around local New Years, with places like Japan, Vietnam and even Hong Kong all taking longer breaks during this time.

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