Chinese New Year (Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism)

On February 02, 2011

Chinese New Year is a holiday that celebrates the beginning of a new year according to the lunar calendar. It is considered to be one of the most important holidays for Chinese families, and often referred to as Spring Festival since it is the beginning of the spring term.

The holiday is celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods and display of festive decorations--all focused on bringing good luck for the new year and celebrating the coming of Spring.

Legend says the celebrations of Chinese New Year may be related to a beast known as Nian. The beast Nian came out to eat people on new years until an old Taoist monk found a way to conquer it. Then people started to observe and celebrate Chinese New Year. The word Nian now has the same meaning as Chinese New Year.

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