Culture, Uncategorized

CNY – 8th – 15th days

Eighth day (26th Feb)-Pray to God of Heaven

On the eighth day, the Hokkien people have another family reunion dinner and at midnight they pray to Tien Gong, the God of Heaven.

Pineapple is a popular offering to the Jade Emperor at midnight on the 8th day of CNY as its name in Hokkien (ong lai) is a homophone for prosperity arrives.
Pineapple is a popular offering to the Jade Emperor at midnight on the 8th day of CNY as its name in Hokkien (ong lai) is a homophone for prosperity arrives.

Ninth Day (27th Feb) – Make offerings to the Jade Emperor

The ninth day is to make offerings to the Jade Emperor. To celebrate his birthday, Chinese prepare three bundles of long noodles, three tea cup with green tea, five different kinds of fruit and six different kinds of dry vegetables to workship Jade Emperor.

Tenth Day- Twelfth Day (28th till 2nd Mar)- Invite friends for Dinner

The tenth through twelfth are days that friends and relatives should be invited for dinner. Place an abundance of food on the table to attract wealth luck, and also have guests in to celebrate the day with you.

Thirteenth Day (3rd Mar)- Cleansing the system day

After so much rich food, the thirteenth day should have a change in diet with a simple meal of plain congee and mustard greens to cleanse the system.

Fourteenth Day (4th Mar) – Preparing for Chap Goh Meh

The fourteenth day is devoted to preparations to celebrate the Lantern Festival which is to be held on the fifteenth night. You can invite friends and relative for dinner at home if you wish, this is one of the  best days during CNY.

Fifteenth Day (5th Mar)- Chap Goh Meh (Chinese Valentine’s Day)

The lantern festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the New Year. It is the first full moon of the year. Invite friends for party. This is also the Chinese Valentine Day. Single should use magic mirror to capture the moon’s energy to help you to attract your soul mate. This day, everyone should consume sweet soup with starch balls.

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