Chinese New Year - Day 15 : Lantern Festival

The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is commonly celebrated as 元宵节 yuánxiāojié, or Lantern Festival. The festivities of the Chinese New Year reach a climax on this day. Since early morning, dragon and lion dancers parade on streets crowded with people. In the evening families go out together to...

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Chinese New Year - Day 11 : Father-in-law is nice today!

People make offerings to Zi Gu, the guardian angel for weak women, on the 11th day.This day is also for Yuèfù (fathers-in-law) to entertain Nǚxù (sons-in-law).In many areas, after this day, people will start preparing for the upcoming Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day of the 1st month.

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Chinese New Year - Day 10 : Solid like a roc

The 10th day is believed to be the birthday of the God of Stone which played a very important role in the agricultural society of ancient China.On this day, people are forbidden to move any stone, including stone rollers, stone mills and herb grinders, and should not cut into a mountain for rock...

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Chinese New Year - Day 9 : Visit the temple

The ninth day is called Tiān Gōng Dàn, 天公诞, or the birthday of the Jade Emperor. There will be grand ceremonies in Taoist temples on this day, and ordinary families also offer sacrifices to the Jade Emperor. In Singapore, the 2 temples to visit today are Thian Hock Keng Temple– Telok Ayer street,...

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Chinese New Year - Day 8 : Sunny Day = Great Harvest!

The eighth day is believed to be the birthday of millet, 谷日 gǔ rì, an important crop in ancient China. According to folk proverbs, if this day is bright and clear the year will be a harvest year; however, if this day is cloudy or even rainy, the year will suffer from poor harvest. Meanwhile,...

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Chinese New Year - Day 7 : Happy birthday !

Happy birthday 生日快乐 Shēng rì kuài lè ! The seventh day is commonly referred as the "day of man", 人日 rén rì, and in most parts of China people will eat noodles as they symbolize longevity in Chinese culture. According to the legend, man was created on this seventh day, after chicken, dog, pig,...

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Chinese New Year - Day 6 : Goodbye Ghost of Poverty

送穷鬼 sòng qióngguǐ, « Goodbye Ghost of Poverty », according to Chinese tradition, families usually send away the Ghost of Poverty on this day. Chinese people will throw away their ragged clothes and rubbish. By doing this, Chinese people wish to send away poverty and welcome the beautiful days...

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Chinese New Year - Day 5 : God of Fortune

God of Fortune Today is 财神 cáishén, the God of Fortune’s birthday. People will celebrate this day with lion danse, large banquets and praying in temple. In Singapore, Sembawang God of Wealth Temple is the place of the day. Only on this special day, the temple opens the door of the last floor...

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Chinese New Year - Day 4 : Dinner at home

Dinner at home 在家吃饭 zàijiā chīfàn !According to Chinese folklore, it is the day to welcome back the Kitchen God, 灶神 zàoshén. On this day, the Kitchen God would come and count the mouth to feed in each family, so everybody takes dinner at home!

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Chinese New Year - Day 3 : A fat pig at the door

A fat pig at the door (肥猪拱门 féizhū gǒngmén) « A fat pig at the door », an old saying for this third day, means the arrival of good luck and happiness. It is also the day of the God of Blazing Wrath, therefore this day is considered as an unlucky day to have guests or go visiting.

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