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Chinese New Year: From Tradition to Modern Day

Chinese New Year: From Tradition to Modern Day

Traditional Celebration

In China, one of the most important times of the year is Chinese New Year. Long before recorded history began, it was said that the people of China lived a very difficult life that they loosely based around the lunar cycles. From their tracking of the moon, it was believed that around the same time each year a monster named Nián would descend on the village, wreaking havoc and destroying livestock and crops. To frighten away this terrible monster, the villagers would hang red lanterns and light firecrackers. This legend gave way to the traditions of Chinese New Year, where still today, fireworks and the color red are used to ward away evil spirits in honor of their ancestor’s courage. Read more...

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