A story in Mandarin: Chinese New Year
Follow the legend of Chinese New Year and learn why people wear red, light firecrackers and bang drums on this special day.
Once upon a time, in China (
At the end of the lunar year, Nian would go to the villages to hunt for food (
Nian liked to eat (
The people feared Nian and would hide in the mountains (
They would not return to the village until Nian left.
One day, an old man with grey (
He told them Nian was afraid of three things:
- loud noises
- the colour red (
- fire (
On Nian's next visit, they banged drums, wore the colour red (
The monster never came back.
People do this each year to celebrate Nian's defeat.
The last day of the lunar year is called Chinese New Year’s Eve (
The first day of the new lunar year is called Chinese New Year or Spring Festival (
Key Mandarin words
|Chūn Jié||Chinese New Year or Spring Festival|
|Chú Xī||Chinese New Year's Eve|
Did you know?
In the legend of the Chinese New Year the monster is called Nian (