Today, millions of people around the world are celebrating Chinese New Year (also called Lunar New Year), which is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. Across the globe millions will be participating in festivals, dinners, gift exchanges, and parties marking the year of the Dragon.
According to legend, Chinese New Year began with a fight against mythical beast called the Nian. Apparently Nian would show up on the first day of the year and terrorize villages, eating livestock, villagers, and children. Soon, people began putting food out for the beast in the hopes that it wouldn’t eat them, and one year they realized Nian was scared by a child wearing red. Today, Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by red lanterns, firecrackers, lots of food, and dancing.
Although I’m not Chinese, I enjoy participating in Lunar New Year activities because it offers a wonderful opportunity to learn about and celebrate another culture.
Do you celebrate Chinese New Year?