Origin Stories Behind 20 Holidays

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year begins on the first day of the Chinese Lunar calendar and ends on the 15th of the first Lunar month.

Legend has it that this holiday originated from a time when ancient Chinese villagers defeated a lion named Nian. Chinese New Year emerged as the yearly celebration of the victory, with records showing celebrations as far back as the 14th-century Shang Dynasty.

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