Thursday, February 3, 2011

Happy Year of the Bunny!

With the monster, Nian lurking just around the corner, Chinese New Year was welcomed in with a blast, a bang and splashes of red.  In Chinese folklore, it is said that Nian would come down from the mountains to eat the villagers.  In a stroke of genius, one old man came up with the plan to scare the monster away by lighting off fire works, decorating with red, and beating drums.  When the monster came down from the mountain, the people were ready.  The doors were brightly decorated with red couplets, the fireworks went off, and the drums were so loud, the monster was driven away until the next year.

Last night went off like all other Chinese New Years, in the traditional way. Families gathered together and fireworks were blasting clear into the early morning.  The Year of the Rabbit was ushered in with a bang.  The rabbit is known having gracious manners and being sensitive.  This year should be fabulous as long as decisions are made with careful consideration.  Rushing into anything during the year of the rabbit could spell trouble.

We wish you all the best as we enter into the year of the rabbit! Xin Nian Kuai Le!

From Random Taichung
Firecrackers and couplets adorn this entrance.

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