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年兽

Pinyin: nián shòu.

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Nián (年): Year; usually depicts the coming of a new year.

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Nián shòu (年兽): According to Chinese legend is a maleficent monster that fears the colour red, loud noises, and bright lights.


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年兽 lived in the mountains and would terrorize local villagers by destroying fields, crops, animals and even people.

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Clothing in red, typically in the form of undergarments or socks are said to be most effective in combatting 年兽.

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In addition, the use of drums, gongs, lion dances, and firecrackers have been working since times in ancient China to fight 年兽 since the early 20th century.

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Chinese New Year for 2023 is on January 22; this year welcomes the year of the rabbit (兔子).

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新年快乐。


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