“Christmas Is Your Chinese New Year”: On Fascinating Similarities Between the Holidays – Pub’d on WWAM BAM!

The group blog WWAM BAM just published my post “Christmas Is Your Chinese New Year”: On Fascinating Similarities Between the Holidays. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

Christmas is your Chinese New Year.

I’ve heard this phrase uttered countless times by people in China when the holidays roll around, whether it’s Christmas or Chinese New Year.

And while I used to think the comparison was a bit of a stretch, over the years I’ve recoginzed that Chinese New Year and Christmas share fascinating, and sometimes surprising, commonalities.

Here are the most interesting ones I’ve observed over the years:

Good fortune

While Chinese New Year customs have a more obvious connection to good fortune (such as how red couplets and firecrackers would scare away the evil Nian monster) even Christmas was traditionally about good luck and protection during the darkest time of the year.

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