Legend of the Chinese New Year
About 1,000 years ago, a monster called Nian having a tiger body and a pair of wings, went around several villages to catch humans and eat them. Villagers consulted and found that it would appear on the New Year’s Eve. He, thus suggested the villagers gather together and chase the monster away by the shouting and the sounds of drumbeat and firecrackers and never returned. After that, the villagers marked the next day as the beginning of the year which later was named after the monster “Nian” which means year.
The Celebrations in Thailand: 25-29 January 2017
The Chinese New Year is celebrated on a grand scale in Bangkok at Chinatown on Yaowarat Road and in Nakhon Sawan Province. The two boast magnificent dragon processions and lion dances which have become the symbols of the festival.
Dragons are referred to as the divine mythical creature that brings with it prosperity and good fortune and lions are a symbol of courage, stability and all noble things. The celebrations at Nakhon Sawan are known to be larger and more magnificent than those in Bangkok with thousands of visitors flocking there every year.
Regarding Bangkok, during the festival, Yaowarat Road will be crowded with fun seekers who are attracted by the allure of food stalls and entertainments
You can also have a great time in other major provinces such as Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Chon Buri, Songkhla and Phuket.
Story by www.thaiwaysmagazine.com