The story of Nian concerns the titular half-dragon, half-unicorn monster who rampages through villages every lunar New Year, eating everything it comes across, including its favourite delicacy, children!
To cut a long story short, which you can read here, it turns out that Nian means new year and the colour red, fireworks and loud noises frighten him away which is why all three play a prominent part in Chinese New Year celebrations.
80106 Story of Nian, the smaller of the two Chinese traditional festival (CTF) sets that are being released in January, brings the legend to life.
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