Who is Nián?

Yummy Dumplings 饺子

Jiǎozi (Chinese) or dumplings are eaten during the Chinese New Year Because they are shaped like old Chinese silver ingot (money).

So eat as much as you can the more you eat the more money you can make in the New Year.

Who is Nián?

The Nián monster is one the main character in the Chinese New Year story and represents the embodiment of the past year. Nian is said to live under the sea or high in the mountains just like our story and is said to be scared of bright colours, loud noises and laughter.

Nián also means “Year” in Chinese

Don’t wash your clothes or hair!


The first and second day of the Chinese new year is Shuishen (水神, the Water God) birthday, it’s probably a good idea not to make his water dirty on his birthday as it may make him angry so don’t do any dishes or wash your hair.

Don’t worry though it only lasts for two days

About the author

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I’m a designer and illustrator originally born and breed in Bristol, in the united kingdom if I’m not hunched over a sketch pad or scribbling away on a tablet I’m hanging out with my young family and watching my son growing up.