Legend: the Chinese in ancient times there was a called "year" monster, head long sharp, fierce, "year" beast years of hiding the sea, every new year's Eve, climb ashore devouring livestock harm human life, so every new year's Eve, people village village stockaded village of help the aged and the young, fled to the mountains, to avoid "year".
This year's new year's Eve, as parents are busy packing fled to the mountains, and east of the village came an old man with white hair on an old woman to say as long as let him stay the night at her place, he could, "year" beast away. They do not believe, the old woman or to persuade them to avoid the mountains of good, old people to leave, he could not persuade everyone see, we have to avoid the mountains to the.
When the "year" beast as usual when ready to rush into raging, suddenly came the white-haired old man ran loud firecrackers, "year" beast body trembling, dare not move together, the "year" beast is afraid of red, flames. Then the door wide open, wearing only a hospital Dahongpao elderly laugh, "year" beast be frightened and change color, cut and run.
The very next day, when people from the mountains to the village, found the village safe and sound, this just see light suddenly, the original gray-haired elderly people to help you out "year" beast gods, people also found three thing the white-haired old man out "year" beast. Since then, every new year's Eve, every family stick red poetic couplet, set off firecrackers, every household lights, keep waiting years. This custom has spread, became the most solemn of traditional Chinese folk festivals "have the spring festival".