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Welcome Lantern For The Snake

Also known as the Spring Festival. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".

 

Chinese New Year is observed as a public holiday in a number of countries and territories where a sizable Chinese population resides, including Indonesia, known as Tahun Baru Imlek, or Sincia in Hokkien Language.

 

According to tales and legends, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian. Nian would come on the first day of New Year to eat livestock, crops, and even villagers, especially children. One time, people saw that the Nian was scared away by a little child wearing red. The villagers then understood that the Nian was afraid of the color red. Hence, every time when the New Year was about to come, the villagers would hang red lanterns and red spring scrolls on windows and doors. People also used firecrackers to frighten away the Nian. From then on, Nian never came to the village again. The Nian was eventually captured by Hongjun Laozu, an ancient Taoist monk. The Nian became Hongjun Laozu's mount.

 

But well, deep down inside, we know it is just a farmer's happy day. After all, spring has come, right?

 

2013 is the year of the snake. Happy new year. :D

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Taken on February 13, 2013