Do you know why the Chinese celebrate the Chinese New Year?
Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, is the most important festival among traditional Chinese festivals. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally last for sixteen days, from New Year’s Eve to the last day of the Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival.
What is the origin of the Chinese New Year?
The origin of Chinese New Year can be traced back to about 3,500 years ago, although its exact start time is not recorded. Some believe that Chinese New Year originated in the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC) when people held sacrificial ceremonies at the beginning or end of each year to honour gods and ancestors.
Are there any legends or myths behind celebrating Chinese New Year?
The most famous legend behind the celebration of the Lunar New Year is that of the Year of the beast – ‘Nian’, which ate the villagers’ livestock and crops. Loud sounds, bright lights, and red are used to drive away the beasts. These elements ultimately define Chinese New Year celebrations, including firecrackers, fireworks, red clothes, red envelopes, and decorations.
What is the meaning of giving out angpao during the Chinese New Year?
Angpao are monetary gifts given during Chinese New Year. It’s a small red and gold parcel containing money to give to children, family, friends, and employees as a symbol of good luck. In Chinese culture, red is associated with vitality, happiness, and good luck. In the past, it was believed to ward off evil spirits and protect the recipient from disease and death.