Happy Chinese New Year!

The GBP Team wishes Gong Xi Fa Cai to all our Chinese friends. As a small explanation to those who are interested here are a few nuggets of information why the CNY is so important.

Because Chinese culture is one of the oldest in the world, the origins of the Chinese New Year is subject to a lot of mysteries. Written records of Chinese history go back to around 4,000 years. There are several reasons why the Chinese celebrate the Chinese New Year. One reason is called “Nian” the monster which had the body of a bull and the head of lion. As winter grew, and as its prey diminished, the Nian monster descended from the mountains into the villages and took on humans and livestock. This grew to be an annual habit. The villagers lived in fear. But over time people realised that the Nian monster was afraid of three things: the colour red, fire, and noise.
They stayed up the night, and made a great deal of noise, lit a fire and put out colours in red.
The combination of these strategies struck the monster with fear. It fled and never returned.

The ritual of fire, red painted boards and loud noises were kept up ever since until the ritual blossomed into the Spring Festival and the memory of the celebration has been passed down the generations, even to this day. Many more reasons are also valid such as agricultural necessities, such as when to put out the seeds and when to plan the harvesting, As such the Chinese experts calculated the first day of the second new moon. Over thousands of years of practice, this day was celebrated as the Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year. It is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays.

The fundamental principles of Chinese culture are respect for tradition, the honouring of elders, and the love of family. What could be more important than these?

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