The streets of Phnom Penh were quieter than usual Thursday as shops shuttered their doors, children skipped school and adults took a break from work to kick off celebrations for the country’s biggest unofficial holiday—Chinese New Year. As people across the country burned ghost money, offered up roasted pigs to their ancestors, and got ready to ring in the Year of the Horse, which arrives today, it seemed that many were unfazed by the fact that the holiday isn’t officially recognized by the government. “Chinese New Year doesn’t need to be an official holiday…. People take off work
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