年-Learn this expertly curated list of Chinese characters related to Chinese NEW YEAR

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Here is the expertly curated list of Chinese characters related to Chinese NEW YEAR

with an illustration of modern day aesthetics, in juxtaposition with its English explanation and definition. Each illustration bears two red seals, one for the original the Oracle Bone Script (in various styles) and one for the Chinestory seal. Scroll down to the bottom to read about Chinese New Year rituals.

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禾(hé)

{origin} collective term for grain crops

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千(qiān)

{origin} walk through waters and over the mountains, to a different place, evolved to 迁(qiān, move);

{modern} walk nonstop for a thousand miles => one thousand (1000) → one thousand

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年(nián)

{origin} move(千) HARVESTED crops(禾) to home at the END OF YEAR to celebrate and to rest → harvest, New Year

{modern} crops harvest once or more times a YEAR → year, age

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冬(dōng)

{origin} at the END OF A YEAR, tie knots at both ends(indicated by two丶) of an even-recording rope(indicated by 夊) to conclude the year, evolved to 终 (zhōng, end) → winter

[Prehistory time: knot tying was practiced by ancient Chinese to record numbers and events before written language were invented.]

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thread radical

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终(zhōng)

{origin} evolved from 冬(winter), finish knots tying(纟) at the year's winter(冬) end → (noun) end. (verb) come to an end, die. (adj.) entire

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