Chinese New Year celebration started with legend of a mythical beast called 'Nian'. 'Nian' is potrayed like an ox with the head of a lion and was believed to inhabit the sea. On the night of New Year's eve, 'Nian' would surfaced and harm animals, people and their properties. Eventually, people discovered that 'Nian' feared the colour red, fire and loud sounds. Therefore, for self-protection, people formed the habit of posting 'Dui Lian', lines of poetry written on red papers, in front of their house, launching fireworks and hanging lanterns at year end. Nowadays, people still do those things just for tradition sakes and celebration of another good year.
Chinese New Year is also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival by some countries like China and Japan. This year our Chinese friends will be celebrating this festival on 5th and 6th February. They will be busy with spring cleaning and decorating their home with red lanterns, pineapple, lights and 'Angpow' making us all feel very festive as well. Families from far will be coming back and gather for family dinner. It is a holiday for everyone to visit families and friends, a time for bonding.
To all our Chinese friends, wishing you all good health and prosperity this year and years to come. Gong Xi Fa Cai and go get those 'Angpows'!