Happy Chinese New Year from Branded3!
Any excuse to get together and enjoy some festivities, we decided to get together and celebrate Chinese New Year with a big ol’ buffet of tasty Chinese food. We also found out that Branded3 was born in 2003 – the year of the sheep!
A little history lesson for you…
According to folklore, the beginning of Chinese New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called the Nian, which looks like an ox with a lion’s head. On New Year’s Eve night, the Nian will leave its underwater dwelling to feed on livestock, people and crops.
Villagers would prepare food for the Nian, as it was believed that it wouldn’t attack any more people on a full stomach.
However, one day, it became apparent that Nian was afraid of the colour red when it was uncharacteristically scared off by a little child wearing red…. So every New Year from then on, the villagers would hang red lanterns and spring scrolls on windows and doors, and light firecrackers to keep the Nian at bay. Eventually captured by ancient Taoist monk, Hongjun Laozu, the Nian became Hongjun Laozu’s mount.
A thoroughly lovely luncheon enjoyed by all..!