On January 23, Chinese people will gather for their biggest annual celebration.
The Chinese calendar is the oldest time-record that you can find today. Some people say it is almost 30.000 years old. This is a mixture of lunar and solar calendar, and it is used in most of Southeast Asia today. Western cultures (America and Europe for example) use a solar calendar, best known as the “Gregorian” calendar.
In the Chinese calendar, years receive the name of 12 animals; for example this year will be the Year of the Dragon, the year that is ending was the Year of the Rabbit, and the one before was the Year of the Tiger.
The Chinese New Year does not fall on the same date every year. This year it will be on January 23, but last year it was on February 3. This is because the calendar is cyclical and the year can begin anytime from the end of January to the middle of February.
The top English football league.
The Premier League is the most important football competition in England. There are 20 teams that play to find out who the champion is.
Right now, Manchester City is the leader with 48 points. Manchester United and Tottenham are following closely, but Bolton and Wigan stand no chance. They are 19th and 20th respectively.
Fans can go to the stadium to support their teams, or take advantage of the TV coverage and watch the games at home. No matter what option they choose, they should know who the champion is by the beginning of May. The 2011-2012 season will end on Sunday, May 13th.
Web Giants Join Protests Against S.O.P.A. and P.I.P.A.
The Senate of the United States of America is on the process of passing laws to prevent online piracy. However, some people say that these laws will do more than just fight piracy. They say the laws will become a form of censorship. The names of the laws are S.O.P.A. (Stop Online Piracy Act) and P.I.P.A. (Protect Intellectual Property Act), and mainly video and music studios in the US support them. They say that they are loosing huge amounts of money due to online piracy.
Although nobody seems to support the violation of copyright, online companies and some scholars suggest that the law might easily promote violation to rights such as the freedom of speech. That is why they openly oppose these laws.