Today is the biggest family holiday in China —- Chinese New Year. People also call it ‘Spring
Festival’ because it is almost the beginning of spring.
Legend of Chinese New Year
In ancient time, there was a ferocious monster called ‘Year’. Every lunar month thirty, it came to the village,
injured the people and animals. So every year in that eve, people fled to the mountains to excape from
the harm of ‘Year’. But one year, a white-hair old man came to the village and said he can drive away the
monster. People didn’t believe him and still went up to the mountain.
The next day, when people came back to the village, they found everything is safe. People realized that
the while-hair old man is an immortal who came to help them expel the monster. When ‘Year’ was ready
to break into the village like previous years, suddenly heard firecrackers. The ‘Year’ trembled and cannot
move forward anymore. It did fear read flames and expoding.
Traditions of Chinese New Year
Since ‘Year’ fears red flames and exploding, people will light firecrackers and post red spring festival
couplets. Also, people will keep the hourse spotless, put up ‘Fu’ characters in the door and window and
cook a lot of delicious food. Regardless where you are, how busy you are, the biggest wish of every
Chinese is go back to their hometown and spend this holiday with their family.
The Chinese New Year in my memory
When I was a little child, the Chinese New Year is the festival I like most. Because I could have
new cloth and lots of candies. In the evening, I will light my little lantern, set off firecrackers with
my friends, walk through our neighborhood and pay New Year’s call. We will also get pocket
money as a gift.
Wish everyone a happy Chinese New Year !
Warm greetings and best wishes for good luck in the new year!