Long times ago, people were live in the situation of scary and fear because the world is unsafe. Monsters conquered the world. There was an awful monster came out on the first and the 15th of each lunar month to hunt people.
This monster was called “Nian”.
It was very fierce and looked like a unicorn. The pity villagers were so scare because if the monster come, the whole village will be destroyed. Therefore, they stayed close with each other and locked their doors before sunset on the days of the monster is coming.
One day, an intelligent man suggested an idea to chase away the “Nian”. He said to the villagers: let us make a loud noise by beating the drums and gongs and burning bamboo. It is because once the bamboo burn, it will crack. We also can light the fireworks.After the villagers heard about his idea, they all agreed to it and started to prepare about it.
Hongjun Laozu was the monk who is told about in the myth of Chinese New Year. He was the person who captured Nian, the great beast that terrorised the people of China every Chinese New Year