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Origin of Chinese New  Year

The origins of the Chinese New Year are steeped in legend. One legend is that thousands of years ago a monster named Nian (“Year”) would attack villagers at the beginning of each new year. The monster was afraid of loud noises, bright lights, and the colour red, so those things were used to chase the beast away. Celebrations to usher out the old year and bring forth the luck and prosperity of the new one, therefore, often include firecrackers, fireworks, and red clothes and decorations. Young people are given money in colourful red envelopes.

 
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Facts about Chinese New Year

1. Chinese New Year starts a new animal's zodiac year. Each of the 12 years is defined by an animal sign: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. For 2022 is the Year of Tiger.

2. Sharing wealth with the loved ones through Red Packets is crucial.
3. Don’t clean yourself on New Year’s day since it means “washing away any of the new good luck.
4. Sweet rice balls stand for family togetherness and reunion.
5. Tangerines, oranges wish more fortune and success for you.
6. This year is the Water Tiger year. People born in this year are believed to have a strong sense of self-esteem and learning ability.