In China, this ancient tradition has existed for over thousands of years. However, few know it, in the night Eve there is a special legend handed down from generation to generation.
In folk legends of ancient Chinese people, there was a monster named Nian (translated as Nien, Year), have long beards and always appear aggressive.
Years lived on the seabed for many years, often climbing ashore every New Year’s Eve to devour cattle and disturb the lives of people.
Therefore, on New Year’s Eve, the villagers help the elderly and children flee to the mountains to avoid the monster’s disturbance.
Legend has it that one New Year’s Eve, people in a small village were helping the elderly and children to take refuge.
Someone rushed into the house to lock the door, someone hurriedly packed the furniture to get up the mountain to avoid a few days. Even horses or sheep screaming at the villagers’ scuffle.
However, at that time an old beggar from outside suddenly appeared in the village with crutches and a bag in his hand.
The old man walked awkwardly, he had a long beard and gray hair. Unlike other elderly people, the old man was quite calm in front of people scrambling up the mountain to avoid Nien.
At that moment, an old woman from the East ran to her side and gave him some food, urging him to run up the mountain, lest Nien attack then danger would come.
When the old man heard that, he snorted and said: “If you let me stay one night, I will chase that monster away.”.
The old lady looked astonished at the old man and thought that he had a mental problem. She said that he did not joke anymore but listen to the villagers ran up the mountain lest they could not.
However, the old man remained calm and denied the urge. Too helpless, the old woman had to leave so that he could stay.
At midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Year’s monster finally arrived. It broke into the village, screaming destructive madness.
However, when Nien monster arrived at the house where the old man was, he stopped, and he felt that the atmosphere in the village was not the same as in previous years.
It turned out that the house where the old man was staying had a door covered with red paper, the house was shining brightly.
Seeing this image, the tremor of the Year trembled strangely. Nien glared toward the house and then rushed near the door.
The animal suddenly heard a loud bang in the yard, then spotted the old man in a red shirt and watched it laugh, immediately Nien turned and ran. Turns out, Nien monster has 3 fears that are red, firecrackers and laughter.
The second day was the first day of the new year, the villagers returning home after the night of refugees were surprised when the village was still intact.
At this time, the old woman told the villagers the story last night.
From then on, villagers here hung lanterns, stuck red paper on the doors, set off firecrackers and wore red clothes on New Year to scare the monster.
Especially the whole villagers have to laugh and laugh, creating a bustling atmosphere that makes Nien’s monsters dare not come here.
This is a legend about Nien monsters that are handed down from generation to generation. However, in recent years, archaeologists believe that this is not an animal that existed in ancient times but only a story created by folk.
However, the concept of firecrackers, red or laughter brings joy and luck in the new year has convinced everyone.