Happy Chinese New Year. Today marks the beginning of the Year of the Dragon. People around the world celebrate the new year with fire works, dragon dances, decorating in red and large family reunion meals.
We are celebrating today by wearing red and I’m making an American Chinese dinner. How will you be celebrating today?
The Myth of how Chinese New Year began.
According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called Nien. Nien would come on the first day of the new year to devour livestock, crops and even villagers, especially children. To protect themselves, the villagers would put food in front of their doors at the beginning of every year. It was believed that after the Nien ate the food they prepared, it wouldn’t attack anymore people. One time, people saw that the Nien was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nien was afraid of the color red. So, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers hung red lantern and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nien. From then on, Nien never came to the village again.
Other fun holidays this week:
23rd – National Pie Day
Have a great week.