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The Story of Guo Nian
Long ago there was a monster called Nian.
He lived in the sea.
He always went to small villages in the south of China before the new year.
He ate many people.
Everyone was afraid of him, so they ran away to the mountains.
One year, a wise old man came to a village.
He said he was not afraid of the monster and he could scare the monster away.
He stayed at an old woman’s house.
I can scare the monster away.
No, it’s too dangerous!
Come with us to the mountains.
At midnight, the monster came to the village.
He saw the old woman’s house.
There was red paper on the door and windows.
The monster hated the colour red.
There was also a bright light.
The monster hated bright lights.
Then the old man came out.
He was wearing red clothes.
He lit some firecrackers.
Bang! Bang! Bang!
The monster hated the loud noise.
He was afraid and ran back to the sea.
The people came back to the village.
They were happy to see the old man.
He told them how to be safe.
On New Year’s Day, put red paper on your doors and windows.
Have bright lights and light firecrackers.
The monster will not come again.
Now, every New Year, Chinese people put red paper on their doors and windows.
They put up bright lights and light firecrackers.
They also say “Guo Nian Hao!”
And now, the monster never comes!