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Quong Shun Wo Store Decorated for New Years c. 1900s

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Although the Lunar New Year celebration is the most significant holiday in China today, the Ta Chiu Festival was historically more important in southern China and North America. In the late 1880s, the festival was used to memorialize the dead and ask the gods for protection from evil. In later years, it became more of a celebration and the non-Chinese community was invited as a gesture of goodwill.