Firecrckers and Spring Festival Scrolls
June 17, 2007 8:09am CST
Nian is very dangerous.But he is afraid of therr things:the collor red ,a bright flame ,and roud noise.People now can make a way to stop Nian from coming into their villages. Before each year,all of the people painted their doors the color red .They also burned a fire in front ot their door.At night they didn't go to bed.Tey stayed up the whole night.They made noise by hitting things.Nian never came back to the villages. This custom continued through the years.The people knew bamboo makes a loud sound when burened.Later,people used firecackers instead of bamboo to make loud noise on the Spring Festival. Firecrackers make a lot of noise and pollution,so setting off firecrckers is against the law in many places.Some people now pop balloons or listen to firecrackers on a tape .Other people put firecracker decorations in their homes. Nian is also afraid of the color red .Villaers put red paper on their windows and doors.,Today they write couplets on each paper.the papers are put on the sides of the door.They are called Spring Festival scrolls,in Chinese we say "Chun Lian".
17 Jun 07
Ohhh I see. I did some further reading about Nian and it gave me lot of insights on some of the traditional practices and beliefs of our Chinese brothers. I think Nian is like our Bakunawa. The Bakunawa, also known as Bakonawa, Baconaua, or Bakonaua, is a deity in Philippine mythology that is often represented as a gigantic sea serpent. He is believed to be the god of the underworld and is often considered to be the cause of eclipses. It appears as a giant sea serpent with a mouth the size of a lake, a red tongue, whiskers, gills, small wires at its sides, and two sets of wings, one are large and ash-gray while the other are small and are found further down its body. Cheers! Happy Posting :)