GALA TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE!
Join us virtually for the Friends of MIP 10th Annual Gala on Saturday May 1st at 6:30 PM. We have lots of great silent and live auction items, plus you won't want to miss Mr. Daniel Wong as this year's auctioneer! You can find all of the details about the gala and ticket prices here.
Traditions/History for Chinese New Year:
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional festivals and has a long history of traditions and stories dating back over 3500 years. Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, and it marks the beginning of the spring.
One of the most popular is about the mythical beast Nian (/nyen/), who ate livestock, crops, and even people on the eve of a new year. To prevent Nian from attacking people and causing destruction, people put food at their doors for Nian.
It's said that a wise old man figured out that Nian was scared of loud noises (firecrackers) and the color red. So, then people put red lanterns and red scrolls on their windows and doors to stop Nian from coming inside. Crackling bamboo (later replaced by firecrackers) was lit to scare Nian away.