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  legend-NYF   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Nian would swallow up those who were in his way and terrorized those he had no appetite for.
Nian, the beast accepted the old man's challenge and turned his attention to the other beasts of prey around him.
On these occasion when the beast would return, the villagers were to put up red paper decorations on the doors and windows to frighten him away, as he was afraid of the color red.
www.scils.rutgers.edu /~kyfoo/chinese/legend-NYF.html   (256 words)

  
 Nian, the beast. Who is Nian, the beast? What is Nian, the beast? Where is Nian, the beast? Definition of Nian, the ...
In Chinese mythology, Nian (年獸) is a beast that comes in spring.
A phrase for Chinese New Year, guo nian (過年) means the passing of the beast.
The Chinese tradition of decorating in red, burning fire-crackers, lion-dance with loud drums and gongs was to scare the beast away.
www.knowledgerush.com /kr/encyclopedia/Nian,_the_beast   (200 words)

  
 Search Encyclopedia.com
The mythologies and legends of ancient and modern cultures teem with an enormous variety of monsters and imaginary beasts.
Nian Rebellion Nian Rebellion or Nien Rebellionboth: nē´ĕn, uprising that occurred against the Ch'ing dynasty of China.
megatherium megatheriummĕgethēr´ēem [Gr.=large beast], extinct ground sloth, of the genus Megatherium, that was widely distributed in North and South America in the Pleistocene epoch.
www.encyclopedia.com /searchpool.asp?target=Nian,+the+beast   (455 words)

  
 SOME KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE SPRING FESTIVAL--MICHAEL ZHANG   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
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.
Now that Nian is gone and other beasts of prey are also scared into forests, people begin to enjoy their peaceful life.
Nian took up this challenge, and one year later, having destroyed all the monsters of the earth, he returned to terrorise mankind.
skyzht.blogchina.com /blog/694424.html   (2259 words)

  
 Kendoism: 02.2004
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 (Do not lose track here: we are talking about the new year in terms of the Chinese calendar).
Before the old man left, he had told people to put up red paper decorations on their windows and doors at each year's end to scare away Nian in case it sneaked back again, because red is the color the beast feared the most.
The term "Guo Nian", which may mean "Survive the Nian" becomes today "Celebrate the (New) Year" as the word "guo" in Chinese having both the meaning of "pass-over" and "observe".
kendoism.blogspot.com /2004_02_01_kendoism_archive.html   (365 words)

  
 ORIENTAL SPIRIT
Several explanations are hanging around, but 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 the Chinese new year.
Now that Nian is gone and other beasts of prey are also scared into forests, people began to enjoy their peaceful life.
Before the old man left, he had told people to put up red paper decorations in their windows and doors at each year's end to scare away Nian in case it sneaked back again, because red is the colour the beast feared the most.
www.geocities.com /orientalspirituk/nynian.html   (267 words)

  
 2003 - The Year of the Sheep!
The old story says that the beast "nian" with a very big mouth was so fierce and could swallow many people in one single bite.
An old man offered to subdue "nian" and said to "nian": "I hear that you are very capable, but can you swallow the other beasts instead of people who are by no means of your worthy opponents?" So "nian" swallowed many of the other beasts that hurt people and their domestic animals.
Now that "nian" is gone and other beasts were also scared into forests, people began to enjoy their peaceful life.
www.culinarycultures.com /YearoftheSheepFrame1Source1.htm   (1219 words)

  
 The Chinese Lunar Calendar
The word Nian, the modern Chinese word for "year," was originally the name of a monster that preyed on people at night before the beginning of a new year.
The beast Nian was said to have a large mouth capable of swallowing many people with one bite.
So Nian proceeded to swallow as many of the beasts of prey on earth as possible, and soon after the old man, later discovered to be an immortal god, vanished riding the beast Nian.
www.jadedragon.com /archives/janmar04/2004.html   (774 words)

  
 New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Although there are many speculations about the origin floating around, all agree that the word "Nian," which means "year" in modern Chinese, was the name of a beast that preyed on people on the eve of the lunar new year.
The term "Guo Nian", which may have meant "Survive the Nian" today means "Celebrate the New Year" ("guo" in Chinese has the dual meaning of "pass-over" and "observe").
Although the climax of the Chinese New Year, Nian, is only two or three days including the New Year's Eve, the New Year season lasts from the mid-twelfth month of the previous year to the middle of the first month of the of the new year.
home.student.uva.nl /yingwei.zhou/Culture/New_Year/new_year.html   (960 words)

  
 Nian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Some legends said the Cantonese lion dance is a reenactment of how Bu Dai (known as Hotei in Japanese) tamed the Nian.
Imperial guardian lions (also known as a Fu Dogs) for the use of the lion image stylized statuary at entrances to important places.
Note that Nian (horned) and the guardian lion (hornless) are different creatures.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Nian,_the_beast   (328 words)

  
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There are 2 versions as to the origin of Chun Jie, but both involves the conquest of a legendary beast Nian.
Version 1: The beast Nian (modern Chinese means "year") would come out from the mountains and prey on people on the eve of a new year.
Another kind of cake called "Nian Gao /Äê¸â " is also a must have during Chun Jie as it means "Nian Nian Bu Bu Gao Sheng / ÄêÄê²½²½¸ßÉý " (rise in position yearly).
www.geocities.com /Paris/Parc/1486/festival/cny.html   (748 words)

  
 Chinese New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
He told Nian that he head Nian was very capable, but he was unsure of Nian being able to swallow other beasts of prey instead of the people.To prove that he can, Nian swallowed the beasts that harassed people and their domestic animals.
Nian is gone and other beasts of prey are also scared into forests.
Another cake "Nian Gao" is important too as it means "Nian Nian Bu Bu Gao Sheng" (having a yearly rise in position).
www.rgs.edu.sg /aec/chinesenewyear.html   (720 words)

  
 Toronto.com: Festive Guide 2004: Religious Holidays   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Nian terrorized the people until one day, an old man came to their rescue and offered to subdue Nian.
The man convinced Nian to leave the people alone and instead prey on other beasts that would make more worthy opponents.
To Keep Nian at bay, the people took to lighting firecrackers and decorating their windows and doors with red paper.
www.toronto.com /feature/13162/chinesenewyear.html   (423 words)

  
 Chinese New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Its origin is ancient, but many believe the word Nian, which means "year", was the name of a beast that preyed on people on the eve of a new year.
In one legend, the beast, Nian, had the power to swallow up all the people in a village in one big bite.
The tradition of observing the conquest of Nian is carried on from generation to generation.
www.columbusindianachinese.org /cny2001/nien.htm   (273 words)

  
 NameTraq | Last Name: Nian
Every year on the eve of the new year, the beast Nian - a word that now means "year" in Chinese - would sweep into villages and swallow villagers whole.
As nian means year and go, increase, the name of the dish suggests a personal or career advancement or better school results, Ng said.
When she arrived in the Tanza nian village, Tulacz was over come by the slum surrounding the Sisters of Notre Dame Con vent.
nametraq.org /Jan04/N/Nian.shtml   (492 words)

  
 English Channel
The beast Nian came out to eat people on new years until an old man found a way to conquer it.
The word "Nian" now has the same meaning as Chinese New Year, which is used as commonly as Chinese New Year.
And people often use the term "Guo Nian", which may originally mean "passed or survived the Nian".
www.cctv.com.cn /english/TouchChina/School/Culture/20030127/100565.html   (755 words)

  
 Chinese Culture in Houston   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Legend recounts that a beast called Nian preyed upon one Chinese village and would eat the people.
He told Nian that such a formidable beast should swallow other beasts instead of unworthy villagers.
The old man advised the villagers to hang red decorations on their windows and doors to guard against Nian in case he returned, since Nian feared the color red.
www.houstonculture.org /cultures/chinese/legends.html   (375 words)

  
 asiaxpress.com Denver's Premium Online Guide to Asian Resources and Events
People are not worthy opponents for one such as you." Nian accepted the challenge and swallowed the many beasts of prey on earth that were harassing people and their domestic animals.
Once Nian was gone and other beasts of prey were also scared into forests, people began enjoying their peaceful lives.
This was scare away Nian in case it sneaked back again, because red is the color the beast feared the most.
www.asiaxpress.com /lifestyles/culture/origin_tradition_chinese_ny.htm   (412 words)

  
 ...[history of the chinese new year]...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Nian is the Chinese word for year and was originally the name of a monster that ate people always on the night before the Lunar New Year.
However, the old man somehow stopped him in mid-bound to say to the beast, How is it that you are very strong beast and very capable.
After his confontation, the old man climbed up on the beast, whispered a few words to the people and then the beast and the old man disappeared riding the beast.
drgnfire17_aj.tripod.com /cherokeesasianclub/id9.html   (506 words)

  
 Chinese Culture Centre of Ottawa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
It was said that the beast lived at the bottom of the ocean, coming out only on the New Year's Even, capable of swallowing many people all at once.
Petrified by the beast, people escaped into the woods on the new year's eve after year, until one day, an old wise man managed to conquer the beast Nian.
Knowing the beast could not stand red colour, fire, and loud noises, the old man dressed in red on a New Year's Eve, setting up bamboo fire making loud and explosive noise, and decorate houses in red.
www.cccottawa.ca /matters.html   (2686 words)

  
 NIAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The Taiping and Nian rebellions, along with a Russian-supported Muslim separatist movement in Xinjiang, drained Chinese resources and almost toppled the dynasty.
"NIAN" is generally used as a noun (singular) -- approximately 100.00% of the time.
"NIAN" is used about 3 times out of a sample of 100 million words spoken or written in English.
www.websters-online-dictionary.org /definition/NIAN   (588 words)

  
 Chinese New Year 2002   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
People feared the beast immensely and used to hide and tremble whenever it was in the vicinity.
Now that Nian was gone and other beasts of prey were also scared into hiding, people were finally able to enjoy peaceful lives.
Before the old man left, he instructed the people to put up red paper decorations on their windows and doors at each year's end to scare away Nian in case it sneaked back again, for red is the color that the beast feared the most.
cny.hjc.edu.sg /28th/CNY_origins.htm   (901 words)

  
 On 24 January: Feng Shui Resources at Dragon Gate
He told the people to paint their houses red and put off fire-crackers, as the beast Nian was most afraid of the color red and loud noises.
They took the old man's advice, and when the beast Nian went to their villages that night, it was scared away by the color and noise.
In time, Nian becomes known as 'year' and Guo-Nian carries the meaning, "the passing of another year".
www.dragon-gate.com /resources/articles/display.asp?id=58&pg=1   (492 words)

  
 EDSITEment - Lesson Plan
They will view images of this highly stylized beast and hear a story explaining why it is viewed with such reverence in China.
Remind the students that the word "nian" means year as well as the monster.
The monster, Nian, was not physically described in the story.
edsitement.neh.gov /view_lesson_plan.asp?id=381   (2198 words)

  
 Huddle New Year - Chinese New Year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
There is a legend that says the beast Nian (meaning year) would gobble several people in one bite starting the night before the New Year.
In order to save his people, an old man told Nian "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?" Which Nian began doing.
Before the old man left riding on the back of Nian, he told the people to up red paper decorations at the end of the year to scare Nian, should he return again.
holidays.huddlenet.com /newyear/chinese.shtml   (301 words)

  
 3104ecny   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Neighbors greeted one another with: “Did Nian come to your house?” Saying “Nian is in your house” is a compliment, since Nian wants to eat the fattest, richest people.
To scare away Nian and other devils, firecrackers were set at the dawning of the New Year.
By then, firecrackers were no longer meant to scare away Nian but to symbolize sending off the old and welcoming the new.
www.iexaminer.org /archives/3104/3104ecny.html   (617 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
The beast Nian came out to eat people on the first day of the lunar calendar each year until an old man found a way to conquer him.
When the beast Nian was conquered, the people celebrated and thus Lunar New Year became a tradition.
The word "Nian" now has the same meaning as Lunar New Year and the terms can be used interchangeably.
members.aol.com /j5wu/theinfo/chinany9.txt   (871 words)

  
 It's the Year of the Monkey... Residents celebrate Chinese new year   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Myths differ, but some say that a Chinese god disguised as an old man persuaded Nian to feast on more dangerous prey, the wild animals that threatened the lives and livelihoods of Chinese farmers.
The myth of overcoming the beast is now synonymous with the arrival of the new year and the expression Guo Nian, originally "survive the beast" now means "Happy New Year."
Andover residents will enjoy stories of Nian and other Chinese traditions at a party and dinner given by the Andover Chinese School at West Middle School, Saturday, Jan. 17.
www.andovertownsman.com /news/20040115/AE_001.html   (543 words)

  
 CHINESE CULTURE
There are a number of different beliefs as to how Lunar New year started, but one of the more colourful Chinese legends involves a beast with an enormous mouth that could swallow people whole.
This beast, named Nian, terrified people until an old man (an immortal god in disguise) tamed it, riding Nian into the sunset.
The color red was the color the beast feared most - and thus it would scare Nian, if the beast ever came back.
www.irespect.net /Untold%20Stories/Chinese/Chinese%20Culture.htm   (1264 words)

  
 Park Slope Reader: Year of the monkey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Nian Gao, the New Year’s cake and the “prosperity tray,” an eightsided tray filled with fruit, snacks, cookies and cakes, are also served to guests.
The custom of putting up red paper and lighting firecrackers began as a way to scare off Nian, a beast that preyed on people the night before the beginning of a new year.
Nian destroyed the villages, injured the villagers and took away the live stock and grain stored for the winter.
psreader.com /article49.html   (1189 words)

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