Chinese New Year

As the lunar year turns to the last month, the atmosphere of a New Year gathers momentum.  (Image: via  pixabay.com  /  CC0 1.0)

Legends of Chinese New Year

It all started with a terrible monster… In ancient China, there was a terrible monster called Nian 年兽 (pronounced nián shòu) that ate people, crops, and livestock on the last day of every year. People who tried to fight the…

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China’s Folk Art: New Year Woodblock Prints

The traditional folk art of Chinese New Year woodblock prints used to be the primary form of decoration in households throughout China. Although this art form had its highest showing…

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Childhood Memories of Chinese New Year

I have lived outside China for over 20 years. After moving overseas, for more than 10 years I still chose to return to China to celebrate Chinese New Year. I…

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Five Blessings for the Chinese New Year

One popular custom for the Chinese New Year is for each family member to take a turn trying to recite as many sayings as possible. This is no easy task, as there…

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Celebrating Chinese New Year

The eve of Chinese New Year signifies a farewell to yesterdays and a greeting to a new era, so for the Chinese people the most important thing to do on…

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Legends of Chinese New Year

It all started with a terrible monster… In ancient China, there was a terrible monster called Nian 年兽 (pronounced nián shòu) that ate people, crops, and livestock on the last…

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Daily Chinese New Year Festival Guide

During the New Year holidays, streets are alive with festive events and activities. The atmosphere of celebration lasts until the end of the 15th day. Here is a guide to…

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10 Taboo Things to Avoid During Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year weighs a lot on Chinese people’s minds; not only will they observe the traditional Chinese culture by adhering to ancient traditions, they will also try to avoid violating…

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Chinese New Year’s Eve

Chinese New Year’s Eve is the last day of the lunar calendar when the Chinese get ready to welcome the first day of the new lunar year. Following is a…

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Look at These Lovely Chinese New Year Cards

Chinese New Year is equivalent to Christmas for Westerners. Just like Westerners send Christmas cards, Chinese people send greeting cards to their friends and families to wish them best wishes…

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Start Chinese New Year Right: What NOT to Do

For thousands of years Chinese New Year has been celebrated, marking a fresh new start. There are many traditions followed throughout the year to ensure good luck, good health, prosperity,…

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The Legend of Chinese New Year

There is a legend as to why during the Chinese New Year Festival doors are decorated with Chinese couplets on red paper, people wear red clothing, firecrackers are set off,…