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by A Total TaiTai Tale

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Technically it’s the last day fireworks are allowed.

By today all the Nian monster should have been scared off.

Like all traditional festivals in China, Chinese New Year is steeped with stories and myths. One of the most popular is about the mythical beast Nian (/nyen/), who ate livestock, crops, and even people on the eve of New Year. (It’s interesting that Nian, the “yearly beast”, sounds the same as “year” in Chinese.)

It’s said… a wise old man figured out that Nian was scared of loud noises (firecrackers) and the color red. So, to prevent Nian from attacking people and causing destruction, people put food at their doors for Nian. They also put red lanterns and red scrolls on their windows and doors to stop Nian from coming inside. Firecrackers were lit to scare Nian away.

PS: Yes fireworks are being lit on the street while cars, bikes and pedestrians pass by. 🙂

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