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2024 – Reflection on the Chinese New Year

The beginning of 2024 marked a challenging start, as wars persisted and expanded globally. Harsh weather conditions struck various regions, with earthquakes and tsunamis threatening human well-being. Faced with the challenges of natural disasters and human conflicts, 2024 also ushered in the Chinese Year of the Dragon.

In Chinese folklore, the “Year” was originally depicted as a monstrous creature. Every last day of winter, it emerged from the sea to attack villages, devouring livestock and people. To protect themselves, people would stay indoors, praying for safety. Guided by a wise elder, they discovered that the “Year” feared red and the sound of firecrackers. Decorating homes with red and setting off fireworks became the means to drive away the mythical creature. The villagers followed suit, and indeed, the “Year” never appeared again. Over time, this tradition evolved into China’s longest and most cherished festival.

On the last day of winter, people now don red clothes, set off firecrackers, hang couplets, enjoy dumplings, exchange New Year’s greetings, witness dragon and lion dances, solve riddles, and illuminate the skies with fireworks. These activities not only carry profound cultural significance but also reflect people’s blessings and expectations for the new year.

As widely known, the mythical dragon represents mysterious qualities such as bravery, resilience, strength, and independence, along with nobility, dignity, and honor. 2024, the Year of the Dragon, also known as the Azure Dragon Year, symbolizes a year filled with strength and hope. Humanity hopes to maintain positive energy, anticipating global peace, favorable weather conditions, and the aspiration that everyone treats each other with kindness and honesty. Only then can all living beings on Earth experience a year of peace and prosperity.

This collective hope and anticipation belong to everyone, and the Chinese New Year acts as a guiding light, illuminating our path forward and encouraging us to face the new year with hope and unity.

2024年的开始

注定是一个充满艰难和挑战的时刻。战争的硝烟弥漫,寒冷的气候在世界各地席卷,地震和海啸的威胁使得人类生病不断。在这天灾人祸的严峻考验下,中国的春节却如一盏明灯,为我们带来了一抹温暖和希望。

2024年,迎来了中国的龙年,传说中 “年” 是一个凶恶的怪兽,每到冬天的最后一天,便从海中蜂拥而至,袭击村庄,吞噬牲畜和人类。为了抵御这一威胁,人们只得躲在家中祈祷平安。一位智者老人的指点,让人们发现 “年”最畏惧红色和鞭炮声。于是,红色的装饰和炸响的鞭炮成为了赶走“年”的利器。村民们遵循这一智慧,果然“年”再也没有出现。久而久之,这一传统演变成中国最为悠久的节日.

在这个特殊的日子里,人们不仅穿上红色的新衣,放响鞭炮,还会贴春联、品尝美味的饺子,互相拜年,观赏舞龙舞狮,猜灯谜,放烟花等等。这些传统活动不仅蕴含着深厚的文化背景,更体现了人们对新年的祝福和期待.

而龙,作为中国传统文化中的神秘生物,象征着勇猛、不屈、力量和独立的精神品质,同时还寓意着高贵、尊严与荣耀。2024年,被称为甲辰龙年,也即青龙年,为人们带来了充满力量和希望的时刻。在这一年里,人类期望保持正能量,期盼世界和平,渴望风调雨顺,希望每个人都能以善良和诚实的态度相待。只有如此,地球上的所有生灵才能共享平安吉祥.

这是一个属于所有人的希望和期待,春节如同一盏明灯,为我们照亮前行的路途,让我们心怀希望,共度新的一年.

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