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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

The Story of the Year (or Nian in Chinese)

Do you know the Story of they Year or Nian in Chinese?

In Chinese folk tales, Year or Nian was the name of a monster that lived on a very tall mountain. During the cold days of winter, Year would get very lonely and storm down the valley to frighten the people.

To frighten away Year, the people would wear bright red clothing, hang red lanterns and set off noisy firecrackers. To avoid being swallowed up by Year, one has to forget all the unhapiness and greet everyone a Happy New Year wearing bright red clothing of course! The tradition continues to this day during the Chinese New Year.

To celebrate the holiday season, you can get a 10% Holiday Discount on your entire order at BetterChinese.com when you buy this Story of Year book for your children. Please note that this promotion is on till January 15 2008 and is open to North American Customers only. For the rest, you can always sign up for the free trial of the online Chinese curriculum which features progressive Chinese lessons designed for children up to 12 years old living in non-Chinese language environments. The curriculum incorporates songs, rhymes and cultural content to make learning Mandarin Chinese fun and exciting for the kids.

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