Culture Corner #7: Happy New Year (Part 2)!
Welcome to the Culture Corner
Welcome back to the Culture Corner with Tao Jones. If you’re new to the Culture Corner, this is a little column that is your guide to the world. It’s great to be a hero, but if you don’t understand what it is you’re trying to save, then it’s a little harder to appreciate it. That’s what I’m here for. Each column, I’m going to take a part of Chinese culture in our games and explain it in a little more depth.
Is it New Year again already?
Happy Chinese New Year, everyone! We’ll provide continued coverage of the Chinese New Year in this article. As you all probably remember, the Chinese calendar is partially based on the phases of the moon, so it’s not in sync with the Gregorian calendar. Every year is associated with an animal, and Chinese New Year also begins as Spring does, which leads to it sometimes being referred to as the Spring Festival.
So what happens?
When people think about Chinese New Year, some of the first images that come to mind are that of the Chinese New Year Parade, especially the one in San Francisco. This parade was actually not something that began in China, but right there in San Francisco. In the 1800s, many Chinese immigrants lived in the city. Now, Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the whole culture, and these immigrants wanted to show it to those unfamiliar with the holiday, so they decided to demonstrate using a parade, a custom that Americans were already familiar with.
Thankfully, reality TV had yet to be invented.
During the parade, the features that tend to stand out the most are the lion dance and firecrackers, as well as a massive amount of the color red. While they’re fantastic to look at, a curious mind might wonder what, exactly, this has to do with the passing of one year to another, or what they have to do with each other. Well, like the zodiac animals, this has a story behind it too. Read about the story at the full version of this article in our forums