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Red lanterns with golden writing at Wat Mangkon Kamalawat Temple, Long ago there was a Chinese legend that said that a terrible monster or giant by the name of ‘Nian’ lived in the mountains and would come down at the end of the year and terrorize people and animals or even kill them all. It was discovered that the monster was frightened by loud noises, bright lights, and the colour red. This is one of the reasons that the Chinese New Year has many loud fire crackers, bright fireworks and lanterns, and the colour red is seen everywhere; China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
© 2008:Valeska Gehrmann at nationsonline.org