Chinese New Year with Jinafire Long
Happy Chinese New Year, ghouls! To help us all celebrate in style, MHGG caught up with the newest ghoul in town, Jinafire Long, who happens to be a Chinese dragon (and also happens to be scarily stylish!).
MHGG: Hi Jinafire! Thanks for meeting with us; we know you are still recovering from the celebration.
Jinafire: It’s true! I was running around like a dragon that got its tail stuck in a mousetrap! It’s a big night for my family. At midnight we made quite a racket; lighting fireworks, bamboo sticks and fire crackers to ward off any bad spirits in the New Year.
MHGG: That sounds like a big party! Why is red the official color of the New Year?
Jinafire: Well, I think red complements my scales and it’s one of my favorite colors to use in my fashion designs. But we also hang red lanterns and scrolls in our windows to ward off the legendary Nián.
MHGG: Wait, tell us more, what it that?
Jinafire: Well, you mean “who”! Nián is a mythical beast that used to harass villagers on the first day of the New Year. They would put food on their doorsteps to appease the monster, but eventually someone discovered he was afraid of the color red, and well, you get the picture. After that Nián didn’t bother the village.
MHGG: Wow, who knew!
Jinafire: Well I did, obviously. (Smoke smolders out of Jin’s nostrils)
MHGG: Of course. So what about new screams and wishes for 2013?
Jinafire: For starters, I’m always looking for new fashion design inspiration! I’d also like to keep my temper from flaring up. It’s so embarrassing to confess, but there was a moment last year when I got so frustrated with a dress I was sewing, I almost tore it to shreds!
MHGG: Sounds terrifying!
Jinafire: It could have been a nightmare. Luckily, my ghouls in the fashion club helped me cool off and the piece was saved. I’ve been working hard to keep calm and carry on since then.
MHGG: Well you certainly have a flair for fashion. We see big things headed your way in 2013.
Jinafire: Thanks. And thanks for spreading the love on one of my freaky-fave howlidays! Happy Chinese New Year!