Happy New Year to all of you!
After watching the new year show in flushing, I suddenly thought of that traditional Chinese new year was becoming one of my “strangers” since I focused more on my friendship and personal business of each year.
Spring Festival, which is one of the most important and significant festivals to Chinese, makes itself such a highlighted party every year in February.
The first thing I want to talk about is the culture of Spring Festival.
Mentioning China, I believe the very first thing comes up of people’s mind will be dragon. It is true that dragon represents a evil image in western culture in the old days. However, in Chinese history, dragon was always a best image to people. If we read most of stories of Chinese dynasties, we will see all the kings called themselves dragon and all ancient armies were all fighting for nothing but the titles of dragon.
Since dragon is one of the most unique and meaningful trademarks of China, people will rely their hope and will on dragon. They believe that dragon can bring them happiness and fortune. When you see Spring Festival decorations in traditional families, the decorations can all related to dragon without any exception.
Customs in China are also very interesting and valuable to be studied. People will gather to have dinner with their family, fire fireworks and visit their best friends. One of the most special and interesting things I want to mention is the story of “Nian”. “Nian” means year in China, and all activities are held because of this term. However, “Nian” is a monster in Chinese fairy tale, which makes a great contrast with the happy new year.
The fairy tale tells that the monster “Nian”, which is a monster cannot be killed, go to people’s house and eat children every February. To drive “Nian” away, people play firecrackers every Spring Festival because their ancestor told them the only thing “Nian” would be afraid of was noise.
What I have just talked about seems wired and impressed, but these are why Chinese new year can be so popular and interesting in China.