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the Legend of Chinese Nian

In China, celebrating the Chinese New Year is also called passing of Nian in Chinese. Here, Nian means “year” in Chinese.

Legend goes that a Nian was a man-eating beast with a long head and sharp horn. It lived under the sea but in each spring, it came out to harm humans. Fortunately, the beast was defeated by an immortal god who disguised as an old man. From then on, it was never seen again. However, it was still believed to exist. In order to keep the beast away, every Chinese New Year’s Eve, Read the rest of this entry »

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