How is Chinese New Year celebrated?

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Also known as the Spring Festival in modern China, or simply the Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year is an important festival celebrated at the turn of the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

The Legend

According to a legend, a horrible monster named Nian arrived at the same time every year to terrorize the Chinese people. Nian did all sorts of awful things like eating children and ruin crops. To scare the monster off, the people used fireworks to make loud noises and they began to display the color red outside of their homes. Defeating Nian warranted annual celebration. Today, the color red is still considered to be a symbol of good luck in China.

The Traditions

One of the most typical Chinese traditions is the New Year’s Eve dinner. It represents a family reunion dinner, especially for those with family members away from home. Eating dumplings is an obligatory condition for this holiday.  The red color is also used on envelopes with money that is given by married couples and elderly to young children in the New Year days. It is supposed to suppress the evil from the children and keep them healthy. Before the New Year Chinese population is used to clean their houses to get rid of “old” and welcome the “new”. Numerous colorful decorations adorn the streets and houses of China. Symbols such as the character “Fu”, Chinese knots and dui lian are particularly common. Of course, we can’t forget the dragon and lion dances which are believed to bring good luck and compose an essential part of Chineses culture.