Many young people in China travel home to see in the new year with their families, and some receive the traditional greeting “Why aren’t you married?” In the new free-market China this has spawned a seasonal industry, Rent-a-Holiday-Boyfriend or -Girlfriend, to help ease the pressure. The holiday is also celebrated with truckloads of fireworks, “gifts,” lots of food, TV specials, and lion dances.
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