It turned out that only about half the people being invited to the banquet could attend. All the others hoped to be heading for their home towns sooner than that. A recent newspaper report said that 2 BILLION people would be traveling in China during Chinese New Year. Everything in the country closes down and everyone who is able goes home to spend a holiday with their family. So, David and his co-workers made a quick decision to have the banquet on Februrary 12, the last night of the new year celebration, when most everyone will have returned from their home towns. The restaurant was happy to switch the date of the reservation.