• Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

A complete list of Spring Festival taboos from the first to the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year. I didn’t know I was in big trouble.

How much do you know about the various taboos during the Chinese New Year? It’s not too late to know now~ Don’t use a broom on the first day of the first lunar month, otherwise you will sweep away your luck and lose your money. If you must sweep the floor, you must sweep from the outside to the inside. To this day, there is still a custom in many places: clean up before New Year\’s Eve, do not take out the broom on New Year\’s Day, do not take out the garbage, prepare a large bucket of waste water, and do not splash it on that day. It is also not allowed to break furniture during the New Year. Breaking it is a sign of bankruptcy. You must quickly say \”every year (broken) is safe\” or \”it will bloom, wealth and prosperity\”. On the second day of the second lunar month, a married daughter returns to her parents\’ home and asks her husband to accompany her, so it is commonly known as \”Welcoming Son-in-Law Day\”. On this day, the daughter who returns to her parents\’ home must bring some gifts and red envelopes to distribute to her children, and have lunch at her parents\’ home, but she must rush back to her husband\’s house before dinner. In the past, families would also choose this day to take a family photo. The third day of the lunar new year is also called Red Dog Day, which has the same pronunciation as \”red mouth\”. People usually do not go out to pay New Year greetings. Legend has it that it is easy to have quarrels with others on this day. However, this custom has long been outdated, because now it is rare for people to get together during the Spring Festival, and it has been downplayed a lot. The fourth day of the Lunar New Year is a day to worship the God of Wealth. In the past, if the boss wanted to \”fire\” someone, he would not invite him to worship the God on this day. The other party would know full well and pack up and leave. There is also a legend that the Kitchen God is coming to check household registration on this day, so it is not advisable to go far away. The fifth day of the first lunar month is commonly known as Powu, which means \”catching up the five poor\”, including \”poor in intelligence, poor in learning, poor in literature, poor in life, and poor in communication\”. People get up at dawn, set off firecrackers and clean the house. The firecrackers were set off from the inside out, and they were set off while walking out the door. It is said that all unlucky things will be blasted away. On this day, a common food custom among the people is to eat dumplings, commonly known as \”pinching the little man\’s mouth.\” On this day, every household in Tianjin eats dumplings, and the chopping board must make a clanging sound for the neighbors to hear, to show that they are chopping \” Villain\”. On the sixth day of the sixth lunar month, shops and restaurants officially open for business, and firecrackers are set off, no less than on New Year\’s Eve. Legend has it that the most popular people on this day are boys who turn 12 that year, because 12 is twice as many as 6, which is called Liuliu Dashun. On this day, every household has to throw away the garbage accumulated during the festival. This is called \”giving away to the poor\”. The seventh day of the seventh lunar month is Human Day, that is, a person’s birthday. According to the \”Book of Divination\”, starting from the first day of the lunar month, the order in which God created all things is \”one chicken, two dogs, three pigs and four sheep, five oxen and six horses, seven people and eight grains.\” Therefore, the seventh day of the lunar month is the human day. On this day, Hong Kong people like to eat jidi porridge. The so-called jidi means that they hope to be the top scholar in high school. Everyone must be respected on this day. Even the government cannot execute criminals on this day, and parents cannot teach their children on this day. The eighth day of the lunar month is Grain Day, which is said to be the birthday of Millet, also called the Shunxing Festival. Legend has it that it is the day when all the stars descend to the lower realm, and the stars in the sky are most visible. If the weather is clear on this day, it indicates a good harvest of rice this year. If it is Yin, the year will be poor. On the ninth day of the Lunar New Year, folk custom is that it is the birthday of the Jade Emperor, and a grand ceremony to worship heaven will be held. Believers should worship the Jade Emperor, wish God a happy birthday, and pray for good weather, peace and health in the new year. The tenth day of the lunar month is the birthday of the stone. On this day, stone tools such as grinding and milling are not allowed to be moved, and even the stone must be sacrificed.. In places such as Yuncheng, Shandong, there is a saying about carrying stone gods. On the night of the ninth day of the lunar month, people freeze an earthen jar on a large smooth stone. On the morning of the tenth day of the lunar month, the nose of the earthen jar is tied with a rope, and ten young men take turns carrying it away. If the stone does not fall to the ground, it indicates a good harvest that year. The eleventh day of the first lunar month is \”Son-in-law Day\”, which is the day when the father-in-law entertains his son-in-law. There was a lot of food left over from the celebration of \”God\’s Birthday\” on the ninth day of the lunar month. In addition to eating it for one day on the tenth day of the lunar month, there was still a lot of food left over. Therefore, the family did not have to spend any more money and used the leftover food to entertain their son-in-law and daughter. The folk song is called \”Eleventh Day\” Invite your son-in-law.\” From the twelfth to the fifteenth day of the first lunar month, after the eleventh day of the first lunar month, people begin to prepare to celebrate the Lantern Festival. They start buying lanterns and building lantern sheds from the twelfth day of the first lunar month. The nursery rhyme goes like this: \”The eleventh is chirping, the twelve are setting up the lamp shed, the thirteen are turning on the lights, the fourteenth are lighting up, the fifteenth is half a month, and sixteen are lighting up.\” The fifteenth day of the first lunar month is the Lantern Festival. , it is the first full moon night of the year, and it is also the night when the earth rejuvenates, also known as the \”Shangyuan Festival\”. The custom of lighting lanterns during the Lantern Festival began in the Han Dynasty. On this day, it is indispensable to eat Yuanxiao and glutinous rice balls. The 16th night of the first lunar month is a children\’s festival. All the children take out their lanterns and bang them against others, and then laugh and watch other people\’s lanterns catch fire. This is called \”touching lanterns\”. The important thing is that this year\’s lanterns cannot be kept until next year and must be destroyed by \”touching the lanterns.\”

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