Countdown to Chinese New Year

Gung Hay Fat Choy …Cantonese

Gong ki Fa Cai…………Mardarian

 Means…..Wishing You Happiness and Prosperity !!

The Legend of New Years

 According to legend, in ancient China  the “Nian”  was a man-eating beast from the mountains which came   out every 12 months somewhere close to winter to prey on humans. The people later believed that the Nian was sensitive to loud noises and the color red, so they scared it away with explosions, and fireworks in addition to  the liberal use of the color “Red”. ( The Chinese invented Gunpowder in 8 AD )

These customs led to the first New Year celebrations. Guò nián which means to celebrate the New Year, literally means the “Passover of the Nian”.

The Chinese calendar is based on a combinationof lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to “catch up” with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years   (seven years out of a 19-year cycle).

This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year.  This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.

This Year we celebrate the Year of the Metal Rabbit on Feb 3, 2011

Tune in Friday for more updates !!

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