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The Spring Festival is around the corner. Here are 9 things you may not know about the Spring Festival.
Spring Festival was not "Spring Festival"
In ancient China, the first day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar was not the Spring Festival, but the New Year's Day. After the Revolution of 1911, the Gregorian calendar is widely used in China. Since then, the first day of the first month on the Gregorian calendar has become the New Year's Day, while the first day of the first month on the Chinese lunar calendar the Spring Festival.
Yasuiqian was not "money"
Legend has it that in ancient times, a devil namedSuicame out to harm people every Chinese Lunar New Year's Eve.Yasuiqianwas not "money" at all, but usually referred to five ancient coins issued by five Chinese emperors. These coins are usually considered to have the functions of exorcising evil spirits in folktales. So,yasuiqianwas used to suppress evil spirits.Yameans "suppress" in English. Over the years,yasuiqianhas become today's lucky money wrapped in red envelops and given to children for good fortune during the Chinese Lunar New Year.
Earliest firecrackers were bamboos
The earliest reliable records of firecrackers can be traced back to the Liang Dynasty (502-557). At that time, firecrackers were burning bamboos. The crackling of burning bamboos is similar to today's firecrackers. So, the earliest firecrackers were actually bamboos. (Translator: Zhao Hanqing Broadcaster: Yang Jiaxin Proofreader: Chen Xingjie)