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20 Things You Never Knew About the Chinese New Year

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Vibrant, festive, and full of hope, Chinese New Year brings families together to do away with any negative energy from previous months, ushering in a time of positivity, good fortune, and an abundance of riches. Read on to learn more about the deep traditions and modern practices associated with this special holiday.

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The most common Chinese New Year greeting is “Guo Nian Hao” which means “Happy New Year.” “The most amusing fact about this greeting is that in a Chinese New Year story, a Nian is a fierce and cruel monster that eats livestock and children, but is scared of the color red and the sound of firecrackers,” explains Ming Wang, MD, a Nashville-based eye surgeon who teams with Steinway Piano Nashville annually to offer a free concert during the holiday with all donations going toward his non-profit to help the blind.

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