Lunar New Year ， the most solemn of traditional Chinese folk festivals. First day of the first lunar month in the traditional Chinese lunar calendar， known as the Moon， monly known as "New Year" and "New Year." The long history of the Spring Festival， which originated in the Shang period the year draws to a close servicemen and the memorial activities. According to Chinas Lunar， the first day of the first lunar month yen ancient name， Yuan—chen， a copy， is Emperor， the New Year Day， which is monly known as Day of the Republic. switch to the Gregorian calendar， the calendar on January 1 as New Years Day， January 1st called the Lunar Spring Festival.
Theres an old called "years" the monster， head length Angle， fierce anomaly， life in the sea. On New Years eve will climbed out， the spitting food livestock harm thy soul. So a to New Years eve， everyone fled to the mountains， to avoid the damage. This year， from the village to a silver whiskers elegant， eye if lang star old yourself. Midnight "years" burst into the village， is preparing to bluster， all of a sudden there was "cracking" Fried noise， the old has put on red appear in front of the "year"， "year" shuddered， to flee to the sea， and the night cant into the village. This is to celebrates New Years eve legends and the origin of firecrackers， and then after thousands of years of development， the Chinese New Year customs to accept the more abundant the.
There are a lot of valid， rich and colorful legends about the origin of the Lunar New Year. They can be traced to thousands of years ago， among which the most famous one is the legend of Monster Nian. Monster Nian was a cruel wild animal. Ancient people believed that Monster Nian would e out to eat people on New Year’s Eve. It was said that Monster Nian was afraid of red， fire and noise. In order to repel it， people would put the red notes on doors and keep the torch alight all night as well as set off firecrackers. Early next morning， people greeted each other. The air was filled with the victory and the rebirth joy.
The Chinese New Year is now popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the Begining of Spring （the first of the twenty—four terms in coodination with the changes of Nature）. Its origin is too old to be traced. Several explanations are hanging around. All agree， however， that the word Nian， which in modern Chinese solely means year， was originally the name of a monster beast that started to prey on people the night before the beginning of a new year.
One legend goes that the beast Nian had a very big mouth that would swallow a great many people with one bite. People were very scared. One day， an old man came to their rescue， offering to subdue Nian. To Nian he said， I hear say that you are very capable， but can you swallow the other beasts of prey on earth instead of people who are by no means of your worthy opponents？ So， it did swallow many of the beasts of prey on earth that also harrassed people and their domestic animals from time to time.
After that， the old man disappeared riding the beast Nian. He turned out to be an immortal god. Now that Nian is gone and other beasts of prey are also scared into forests， people begin to enjoy their peaceful life. Before the old man left， he had told people to put up red paper decorations on their windows and doors at each years end to scare away Nian in case it sneaked back again， because red is the color the beast feared the most.