Legend of the 'Nian'

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Chinese New Year refers to the traditional Chinese festival, Spring Festival. There is also a legend about this festival.

In ancient China, there was a monster called Nian, with long antennae and unusually fierce. Nian lived deep in the sea for many years. He did not climb ashore until New Year's Eve, devouring livestock and hurting people's lives. Therefore, on New Year's Eve, people in villages and villages help the old and take the young to escape to the mountains to avoid the harm of the "Nian" beast. One New Year's Eve, an old beggar came from outside the village. The villagers were in a hurry and panic. Only one old woman in the east of the village gave the old man some food and urged him to go up the hill quickly to avoid the "Nian" beast. The old man laughed and said, "If my mother-in-law lets me stay at home for a night, I will drive the"Nian"beast away." The wife continued to persuade the old beggar to laugh without saying a word. In the middle of the night, Nian entered the village. It found that the atmosphere in the village was different from that in previous years: the wife's home in the east of the village, with red paper on the door and bright candles in the house.

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"Nian" beast trembled and gave a strange cry. As we approached the door, there was a sudden sound of "bang bang bang bang" in the courtyard. Nian shuddered all over and dared not move forward. Originally, "Nian" was most afraid of red, fire and explosion. At this time, the door of the mother-in-law's house opened wide, only to see an old man in a red robe in the hospital laughing. "Nian" was astonished, and fled in confusion. The next day was the first day of the first month of the first lunar month. People who returned from refuge were surprised to see that the village was safe and sound. At this time, the wife suddenly realized that she had told the villagers the promise of begging for the elderly. This incident spread quickly in the surrounding villages, people know the way to drive away the "Nian" beast. (Legend of Hakka people) From then on, every New Year's Eve, families paste red couplets and set off firecrackers; households keep candles bright and waiting for the new year. In the early morning of the first day of the new year, we have to visit relatives and friends to say hello. This custom has become the most solemn traditional festival among Chinese people.