Get Ready for a Green Chinese New Year Celebration

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With Chinese New Year coming up later this week, on Feb. 16, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate. This centuries-old festival lasts weeks and is observed by more than 1 billion people worldwide. It’s a time for honoring deities, cherishing family and ushering in new beginnings. Chinese New Year celebrations are often met with firecrackers — an old tradition to drive away evil spirits — and paper sky lanterns. Unfortunately, this doesn’t help China’s pollution issues.

Instead of partaking in these eco-unfriendly traditions, put your own green spin on this month’s holiday. Here are some ideas:

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