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Want to impress your friends this Lunar New Year? Memories this list of LNY facts and you'll have them eating candy crab apples out of your hand.
22 Jan 2016 - 1:57 PM  UPDATED 2 Sep 2016 - 8:48 AM


Nian, a not very friendly mythical beast, is the reason why the lighting of firecrackers is such a big thing during Lunar New Years celebrations. It is believed that firecrackers were lit to intimidate and scare Nian who had a unhealthy appetite for children.


Lunar New Year begins on the first day of the lunar month and continues until the moon is full (That’s a party that goes for 15 days people!)


The second day of the Lunar New Year is said to be the birthday of all dogs. So maybe let young Rover celebrate by allowing him to take an extra drink from the toilet bowl.


Just prior to the new year it is common for people to buy new clothes as a way to make a fresh start. For all those shop-a-holics out there, you have permission to spend, spend, spend!


During Lunar New Year children are not smacked*, (even if they are being naughty),according to tradition, if children cry on this day, they will cry all year. *SBS recommends that you NEVER smack a child but listening to them cry for an entire year is surely a worthy punishment.



A popular Lunar New Year treat is a candied crab apple on a stick. It is also your dentists favourite treat too!


Day 5 of the Lunar New Years celebrations is a day where everybody stays at home. It's bad luck to visit anyone on this day. So why not secure yourself in your favourite recliner and binge watch some of the great programs available @ SBS ON DEMAND


During the LNY, noodles are not cut, as a way to represent long life. Just be careful, you don't want to spend your first night of celebrations in the Emergency room after chocking.


Now that you know the facts why not test your newly gained knowledge by taking the Lunar New Year Quiz!

Do you know why firecrackers are used during LNY celebrations? Or what animal zodiac you would be if you were born in 1983? Take our Lunar New Year quiz and learn something about one of the oldest and most colourful celebrations in the world.