For the Chinese people, the start of new life begins on the first day of the lunar month. The spring festival commonly known as the Chinese New Year, is the most celebrated event in the Chinese calendar.
According to legend, a lion-like monster, Nian, preyed upon the villagers during New Year’s Eve. To keep the beast away from them, the villagers used drums to make loud noises, hung red papers on their doors, and used loud firecrackers to ward off the evil beast.
The festivities last for several days where families gather for a reunion and share a large and traditional meal. People stay up until midnight to set off firecrackers to frighten evil spirits. Children and elders also receive a red envelope with lucky money inside to welcome the year. The festivities end with a lantern parade and lion and dragon dances to continue the tradition that has been passed on for generations.
Gong Xi Fa Cai!
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