A woman selling firecrackers in Dengguan. Legend has it that long ago there was a terrible monster who ate people and their livestock on New Years. It was discovered that he was afraid of loud noises and the color red. At midnight on New Years eve, these things are used to frighten away the monster for the whole year. In the following weeks, it’s common to see kids celebrate by lighting firecrackers and throwing them one-by-one on to the street. Mini hand-held rocket launchers that launch 10 or 20 small fireworks are also popular with unsupervised children.

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