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I'm reminded of my childhood...

In Taiwan, there's the official end of the new year (Chinese new year, that is) and its celebrated with a lot of fireworks, and attempts at seeing how many people can fit into a city bus.

Its also known as Lantern Festival.

From the questionable resource, wikipedia:

"In ancient times, the lanterns were fairly simple, for only the emperor and noblemen had large ornate ones; in modern times, lanterns have been embellished with many complex designs. For example, lanterns are now often made in shapes of animals."

We can now all be emperors. Along with all the bureaucratic nightmares that ensue.

"The Lantern Festival is also known as the Little New Year since it marks the end of the series of celebrations starting from the Chinese New Year."
As I was advised by our friend Jack, its the time after which you no longer say "新年快了" (happy new year, or for the literalists, new year happy.)

Of note, it is still acceptable to be happy after this time.  
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