One legend goes that the beast Nian had a very big mouth that would swallow a great many people with one bite. People were very scared.
The custom of putting up red paper and firing fire-crackers is to scare away Nian.
However, people today have long forgotten why they are doing all this, except that they feel the color and the sound add to the excitement of the celebration.
According to the briefing, according to legend there is a Chinese ancient times called the “years” of the monster, the first long tentacles, unusually ferocious. “Year” for many years hiding the sea, only to climb up every New Year’s Eve shore, devouring livestock harm human life. Therefore, every New Year’s Eve that day, the village young people Walled villages fled to the mountains, to escape the “year” animal damage.
This Year’s Eve, Peach Blossom Village, young people are the mountain refuge, from a village outside begging the elderly, saw hiscrutches, arm ride capsule bag, silver to be graceful, head if Lang stars. Some villagers sealed windows locked, and some to pack up and get some Thunbergia sheep, everywhere people shouting, scene of a panic rush. At this time, who determined to take care of the elderly people begging. Village head only an old lady to the elderly more food, and urged him to speed up the mountain to escape the “Year” beast, the old man smiled stroking beard: mother-in-law if I stay at home one night, I have the “year” removed the animal. Head scared the old lady look at, to see him mental healthy, bearing out of the ordinary. She is still continuing to persuade, begging people laugh instead of the phrase. Mother-in-law no option but to leave home and go up the mountain refuge.
The middle of the night, “years” to break into the village of animals. It found that the village atmosphere, unlike in previous years: the first lady Village home, the door paste big red, brightly lit candles inside the house. “Year” all animalsa bang. “Year” towards mother-in-law home glower moment, then head over the pastforward. Almost at the entrance to the hospital from a sudden “bang flap” sound of bombing, “year” every tremble, and then move forward together a dare. In fact, “year” fear red flames and炸响. At this time, opening the door to let mother-in-law’s house, wearing only a hospital Dahongpao elderly laughter. “Year” scaring the daylights out, embarrassed fled the spurt.
The next day is the first day, people who sought refuge back safe and sound very surprised to see the village. At this time, the old lady came before, and hastened to the villagers described the promise of the elderly begging. Together villagers over to the old lady, and mother-in-law saw the door close to the red paper, yard pile of bamboo is still unburned “flap”炸响inside several red candles also issued a Yu … … joyvillagers to celebrate the auspicious arrival of their new clothes to wear for a new hat, say hello to friends and relatives at home Daoxi. This matter quickly spread around the village, people are aware of the expulsion of “years” beast approach.
Since then the annual New Year’s Eve, families paste red couplets, set off firecrackers; household candles Tongming, Shou-more-year-old question. Early in the morning early to go pro-string Daoxi Friends say hello. This custom of the more mass the more widely and became the most solemn of Chinese folk traditional festivals.
The Lunar New Year
The Lunar New Year is a great occasion to the Chinese people. It lasts about the first four days of the year， during which people do not work except for the workers on duty. Students do not go to school， and shops are closed.
Several days before the new year， people begin to prepare. Farmers kill pigs， sheep， cocks and hens. City dwellers buy meat fish and vegetables. Houses are cleaned; couplets
are posted on the doors. Colourful lanterns are hung at the gate.
On the eve of the new year， each family has its members gatherd together and eats a family reunion dinner. After the meal they watch TV until the clock strickes twelve. Then every family sets off long strings of small firecrackers and other fire works to welcome the new year. On the first day of the new year， almost everyone is dressed in his or her best. When
people meet on the way， they say to each other “Happy New Year”。Friends and relatives pay new year calls and gives presents to each other. Children indulge themselves in games.