Shou Sui in China to see the Mythical Beast

Should Sui is one of the traditional Chinese customs practiced on Chinese New Year's Eve. On this very special day, all family members get together and stay up late to see in the New Year.

Shou Sui means "after the New Year's Eve dinner" as family members will normally stay awake all night, but most people just stay up until midnight to see the fireworks.

According to tales and legends, there was a mythical beast named the "Year". At the night of New Year's Eve, the "Year" will come out to harm people, animals, and proprieties. Later, people found that the "Year" was afraid of the color red, fire, and loud sounds. Therefore, at New Year's Eve people will launch fireworks, light fires, and stay awake the whole night to fend off the "Year".

These and other Traditional Chinese practices all form part of TCM, each adding a little to the history and methodology of Acupuncture and Herbs.

Eca Brady is a fully licensed physician of Chinese Medicine BSc(Ac) MBAcC PGDip(CHM), practicing from Harley Street, London. Make an appointment for an acupuncture treatment and we can discuss how we can help you, to read more about Eca click here.


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