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The Christian and Chinese Lunar New Year (Chun Jie)
Dr. Alex Tang
Chun Jie is also known as the Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is a time to celebrate the beginning of spring in China and a time to celebrate the new life that is about to spring forth.
The myth surround Chun Jie tells of the existence of a monster known as nian. This beast slept throughout the year, waking up for a short period to find and consume food. Though fearful of the beast, people found that it is afraid of bright lights, loud noises and the colour red. Therefore on the eve of the day the beast will wake up, the families will gather in groups for protection. All the lights in the house were switched on and firecrackers were lighted to frightened off the beast. The people also wore red and hung red lanterns over their doorposts. As added protection for their children, red packets were given out.
Some Christian Considerations
Study the following Chun Jie activities and decide whether as a Christians you can participate in them. If not, what are the alternatives?
Some Christian Principles in Decision making
1. Did the Bible forbid these practices? (1 Corinthians 8: 4-6; Rom.14:14-22)
2. Will it stumble a younger/ other Christians? (1 Corinthians 8:7-13; Rom.14:13)
3. Is it a good witness for Christ?
4. Will it offend other members of your family?
Soli Deo Gloria
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