Culture, Uncategorized

CNY – 2nd – 6th days

Second Day (20th Feb)- Day of Commencement

The second day is the important “Day of Commencement” when businesses and households begin a new year of work with the commencement lunch. Cooks prepare a lavish line-up of dishes comprising chickens, shrimp, oysters and abalone. For  enterprises such as retail shops, these popular new year mainstays are turned into hearty fares that include chicken, preserved duck, braised seaweed with dried oysters and carp. The lavish meal inspire good team spirit and raise hopes for a profitable year.

On this day, the Chinese pray to their ancestors and to the Gods. They are extra kind to Dogs and feed them well as the second day is the birthday of all dogs.

 

red packet - ang pow
red packet – ang pow

Third day (21st Feb)- Day of Arguments

The third day is a day to avoid social interaction, since this is the Day of Arguments. Staying home is the wise thing to do; what better way to spend the day than to continually indulge in eating mouth-watering New Year treats? Again, auspicious- sounding ingredients such as lettuce and seaweed top the list of ingredients to be used.

From me to my nieces, nephews & cousins
From me to my nieces, nephews & cousins

Fourth Day (22nd Feb)- Make offerings to Kitchen God

The fourth day is when the Kitchen God returns after a brief trip to Heaven, where he has delieverd an account of the familie’s behaviour over the previous 12 months. It is important to make offerings to the Kitchen God. Many families have a poster of the Kitchen God in their kitchen. The custom is to offer a ceremonial meal to the Kitchen God to make sure that he gives a good report on the family’s behaviour when he returns to heaven. Sticky Cake (Nian Gao) is popular, or children may rub honey on him. If  you are still studying or you have children, this is the day to pray to God of Education for good study and examination luck. Go to the temple with offerings such as garlic (good on calculation), celery (makes your child very hard working), leek (wisdom) and 4 brushes (2 scholastic objects which symbolize excellence in scholarship).

movie time
movie time

Fifth day (23th Feb)- Birthday of the God of Wealth

The fifth day is called Po Woo. On this day, people should stay home to celebrate the birthday of the God of Wealth. No one visits families and friends on the 5th day because doing so will bring both parties bad luck. So it is an important day to make fruit and incense offerings to the God of Wealth and then to ask for blessings. If you perform prayer rituals, the Wealth God is sure to grant you wealth luck. All the fruits and foods you are offering should be prepared in sets of five, as offerings to the Wealth Of God from the 5 direction.

Sixth day (24th Feb) – Good time for visiting

The sixth day till the ninth day is a good time for visiting relatives and friends. These are also good days to visit temples to pray for good fortune and health. Bring auspicious gifts along during visiting or praying, such as mandarin oranges, mushrooms and sweets.

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