I was born in Hong Kong and I am also interested in my culture. This essay is a great chance for me to understand more of my culture. The person that I interviewed for my culture was my grandfather. His explanation is very entertaining because he did not lecture on Chinese culture like a boring professor. He told stories about it and made it very easy to understand the Chinese culture. The person that I interviewed for the Chinese lion dancing is my neighbor’s friend named Nathan Xu. My research includes on the history of Chinese New Year and the history of Chinese lion dancing.
In Chinese culture, Chinese New Year is the greatest and biggest time of the year. Chinese New Year lasts for fifteen days. Chinese New Year is the happiest time of the year. However, that was not always the case according to my grandpa. Long time ago, in China there was a monster that would come out when there was a full moon. The monster lived in the forest. When full moon came out the monster would go into the village and scared away people and animals away. This happened for a long time and the village people hate the full moon. However, one year there was a wise man that figured the monster weakness. He told the village people that the monster was scared of three things. The three things are loud noises, fire and the color red. Every year after that, all the village people would place a red paper onto the door so the monster cannot go bother them. They would also place fire outside the village and have loud noises during the full moon to keep the monster away. Ever since the village people would celebrate every year when the full moon come out and not be afraid of the monster anymore.
My grandpa also explains that every Ch...
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...includes Fut Shan lion and Hoksan lion. The difference between the two lion is that Fut Shan lion has a higher forehead and curved lips with a smile. However, it is more common to use Fut Shan lion during the festival because the smile has a fierce look in it. That is a symbol to scare away the monster and bad luck away during Chinese New Year (Xu).
This paper really improves my knowledge of my culture. I did not know much about my culture since I moved to the United States when I am very young. This project helped me understand Chinese New Year and how it started. It also helped me understand how Chinese lion dancing works and how teamwork is very important in Chinese lion dancing. I am going to try something new during Chinese New Year that my grandpa explained, which is placing my red envelopes in my pillow until the fifteen day to gain good luck for the year.
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