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Heads up, monkey! What you need to know about Chinese New Year

Heads up, monkey! What you need to know about Chinese New Year

Monday marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year, the most important holiday on the Chinese calendar.

It's a time for friends and family to get together and wish each other good health and prosperity as the year begins. In China, offices shut down, schools close and tens of millions of migrant workers head to their hometowns for two weeks — leading to what's probably the world's worst road congestion nightmare ever.

"Chinese New Year is like Christmas and Thanksgiving all rolled up into one holiday," says Xiayi Zhang, a Los Angeles resident who was born in China.

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