Sunday, January 29, 2006

Happy New Year!!

Let's usher in the Year of the Dog with a Bang!

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As legend goes, a terrible monster called Nian ( meaning "year" in Chinese ) terrorized chinese villages yearly. So the elders devised a plan to scare the monster away. They passed out drums and brass gongs to children and told them to make as much noise as possible to alert the villagers when the monster approached.

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The women created a lion costume of brightly colored silk with shiny mirrors to distract Nian. The costume is large enough to accommodate two men, one standing on the shoulders of the other. When Nian arrived, villagers threw firecrackers and the lion dancers jumped up and roared at the beast to scare him off.

So, nowadays, Chinese Lion Dancers would dance during the New Year accompanied by loud firecrackers, to the beat of Chinese Drums to usher in the New Year..

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Another tradition is that children and unmarried friends, as well as close relatives are given lai see, little red envelopes with crisp one dollar bills inserted, for good fortune.

We're having Sunday lunch with David's family and after hearing all this talk about red packets from me, I'm sure there'll be some asking coyly for one..hehe

7 comments:

Benjamin said...

Happy New Year!

K. Restoule said...

I learned something new. Wow!! One day I will have to discuss the Canadian tradation of watching a Hockey game with your friends while you drink beer.

Wait, you might know that one. I'll think of something.

Happy New Year EH!

Nurse Practitioners Save Lives said...

Happy New Year Letti!! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day!

H. (aka. NC_State_Gal) said...

Happy New Year! It is amazing how in just 3 short years, I've surrounded myself with chinese descended friends here in San Francisco. I received so many calls on Saturday and Sunday wishing me Happy New Year's Eve and Happy New Year. It has been a great deal of fun on my part :).

taranicole <"3 )~ said...

YAY! Everytime I think clinicals are frying every last brain cell I come here, learn something new, go tell it to the fiance, forget I told him and tell him again! YAY!

Oooooooooo Oliver... ;)

<"3 )~

Monica said...

HAPPY NEW YEAR I WANT MY ONE DOLLAR BILL!!!

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