1. Chinese New Year is an annual festival celebrated by people of Chinese descent all over the world.
2. It marks the beginning of the new year on the Chinese lunar calendar and is often celebrated with a traditional family reunion dinner, fireworks, and decorations.
3. According to legend, the celebration of Chinese New Year began with the battle against a mythical beast called “Nian” (year in Chinese).
4. Nian would come on the first day of the new year to prey on villagers, especially children.
5. To ward off the beast, villagers would hang red banners around their houses, set off firecrackers, and put food outside their doors for Nian to eat.
6. Eventually, these practices evolved into the customs of celebrating the Chinese New Year we know today.
7. During Chinese New Year, Chinese people also celebrate family, honoring their ancestors and elders, and exchanging gifts.
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