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As a child, Haven enjoyed learning everything they could about many subjects, though the best resource was her grandma’s old stack of encyclopedias in those days. Today, Haven still likes to know a bit about everything. When they're not researching information for their posts or flexing that history degree, Haven's going through the quizzes of other authors on the site - because this is where the facts are found! Visitors to our site turn to Haven's fun and factual articles to learn about all kinds of things, from do-it-yourself ideas to the wider world. Those who prefer to get their facts in article format can find Haven all across the web, as well.
One of the most endearing traditions of the Chinese New Year is to post couplets around the door of a home. These couplets describe the excitement of the festival and one's wishes for a prosperous New Year. Black or golden characters are drawn on red paper and are hung above and on the sides of a door. According to tradition, the original couplets were inscribed on boards made from peach trees. Over time people started to use paper instead of boards, and the custom became mainstream during the Ming Dynasty. Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang liked the practice so much; he ordered his citizens to do it during the Chinese New Year. Even the removal of the couplets is seeped in tradition. In the more rural parts of China, people tend to keep the couplets up all year long even if they've been damaged by the elements. In bigger cities, people often take them down after the end of the Chinese New Year. Although some people throw the old couplets away, traditionalists believe they need to be burned to bring good luck to the person who posted them.
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