Friday, December 14, 2012

The Legend of The Chinese Lunar New Year

The Origin of Chinese New Year
Do you know how come the tradition of Chinese New Year and do you know the legend of the chinese lunar New Year?
Chinese New Year is now commonly known as the Spring Festival, because it is from the beginning of spring (the first of the twenty-four terms in coordination with the changes of Nature). Its origin is too old to be traced. Several explanations have hanging around. We all agree, However, the word "Nian" which in modern Chinese means "year", was originally the name of a monster beast that started to prey on people the night before the beginning of a new year (Do not lose track here: we are talking about the new year in terms of the Chinese calendar).

The Origin of Chinese New Year

According to myths and legends, ferocious beasts by name Nian who have a very large mouth usually come out from the forests during new years day to hunt for food, killing live stocks,attacking humans and swallowed a lot of people. People were very scared. One day, an old man came to their rescue, offering to subdue Nian, he said, "I heard that you are very capable, but can you swallow the other beasts of prey on earth, rather than a person who is worthy of your opponent is no way to do?" So, swallow it did many of the beasts of prey on earth that also harassed people and their domestic animals from time to time.

Chinese New Year custom - set off firecrackersAfter that, the old man disappeared riding the beast Nian. Turns out he is an immortal god. Now, the idea to go and other beasts of prey are also scared into forests, people begin to enjoy a peaceful life. Elderly to leave before he had told people red paper decorations on their windows and doors at the end of each year to scare away Nian again sneaked back, because red is the color the beast scared the most.

Since then, the tradition of observing the conquest of Nian is carried on from generation to generation. The term "Guo Nian", which may mean "Survive the Nian" becomes today "Celebrate the (New) Year" as the word "guo nian" in Chinese having both the meaning of "pass-over" and "observe". Red paper and emitting fire crackers to scare off years should have the opportunity to run loose practices still exist. However, people today have long forgotten why they do all this, but they feel that the color and sound add to the excitement of the celebration.

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