Chinese New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year, is coming soon. This year, Chinese New Year falls on January 22, 2023. It is one of the big celebrations for the Chinese Thai community. How did Chinese New Year come from?
According to the historical records of the Chinese New Year This annual celebration is full of traditions. Occurring since ancient times and still being preserved today.
Every Chinese year is associated with animal symbols according to the Chinese zodiac cycle. 2023 is the year of the Rabbit, especially the Water Rabbit.
Read CNN Indonesia’s article “Knowing the Origins of Chinese New Year and Chinese New Year Traditions: 3500 Years Ago”.
This event is also a ritual to offer to ancestors or gods. Including worshiping nature and blessing the harvest at the turn of the year as well
The history of Chinese New Year during the Shang dynasty is also colored by legends related to the attack of the monster named Nian.
Nian is described as a ferocious fang-toothed monster, eating livestock, crops, and humans. Nian’s figure is also regarded as The ‘monster of the year’ that usually attacks human life every New Year’s Eve.
One way to prevent Nian attacks from vandalizing is to Villagers will serve Nian food at their doorsteps.
It is said that following the advice of ancestors The Nian monster’s figure was frightened by loud noises like firecrackers and red things. Therefore, people began to put red lanterns and red scrolls on every window and door of their houses to prevent Nian from entering.
Bamboo was then burned or now replaced with firecrackers to scare off Nian. This is believed to prevent Nian from appearing again.
The Han Dynasty to the present
Chinese New Year celebrations became more popular during the Han Dynasty from 202 BC – 220 AD.
In that year, the Han Dynasty had set Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival according to the Chinese lunar calendar.
The Lunar New Year’s costume began to differ, especially during the Wei and Jin dynasties (220-420). dine together and theatrical performances
Chinese New Year activities became more lively during the Tang to Qing dynasties due to economic prosperity.
during the Tang Dynasty The main ceremonies are still going on. Although there will be some additions. At the festival with firecrackers, lantern shows, temple exhibitions and visiting relatives
This Spring Festival has started slowly to keep up with the modern times but still austere. The difference lies in the supporting activities that are more entertaining.
especially nowadays In addition to the offering Chinese people also compete to decorate their homes with all kinds of Chinese New Year decorations to add color.
That is the origin of the Chinese New Year from time immemorial. which is regarded as the celebration of the Chinese New Year
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