Chinese New Year - 10th Feb 2013
The Year of the Snake
Gong Xi Fa to one and all!
According to tales and titles, the beginning of the Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the "Year". During the night of New Years Eve, the "Year" will come out to harm people, animals, and their villages. Later people found that the "Year" is afraid of the colour red, fire, and loud noise. Therefore, for self protection, people formed the habit of posting Dui Lian (strips of decorated Chineses poetry) in front of the house, launching fireworks, and hanging red lanterns at year end.
The most popular Chinese New Years decorations are probably the upside down character of "Fu". "Fu" in Chinese means luck, happiness and prosperity. The upside down means coming. So this character means luck, happiness and prosperity is coming.