Monday, February 7, 2011

About Today: How to Celebrate Chinese New Year 2/2/11

From Jen Hubley, your About Today Editor
Chinese New Year starts at midnight tonight, which means that according to one measure, tomorrow is the first day of spring. If the view from your window is anything like mine, that alone is reason to celebrate.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Chinese New Year 
But how did Chinese New Year get started in the first place? Well, there's a story, and it involves a people-eating monster named Nian. This is already much more fun than western New Year's Eve.
See More About:  chinese food  chinese new year  holidays
The Year of the Rabbit 
This coming year will be the Year of the Rabbit. We might think of bunnies as timid, but in the Chinese Zodiac, rabbits are considered principled and honorable.
How to Say Happy New Year in Mandarin 
Also in this piece: translations for the phrases "congratulations and prosperity" and "set off firecrackers."
How to Celebrate Chinese New Year 
My favorite way to celebrate Chinese New Year: Wear new clothes!
See More About:  chinese superstitions  mythology  holidays

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