Happy Lantern Festival and Happy Belated Lunar New Year!

By Lirong Yao, published

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Today is the fifteenth day of the Year of the Ox, the Lantern Festival! People will be celebrating the day with families or friends, eating Glutinous Rice Balls and solving lantern riddles.

Today is also the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, when people leave their families and go back to work in the cities, carrying with them bags of homemade specialties and high hopes for the new year.

No matter where you are and what you are working on, we wish you and your family a safe, healthy, productive, and happy new year.

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