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Traditional Spring Festival customs

来源:Ecns.cn 作者: 2016-02-03 16:30:31

  The ninth day is called Ti Kong Dan, 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.

  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 or build a house with rocks, otherwise bad things will happen to the crops.

  People also burn incense and candles for the stones and offer pancake to the God of Stone.

  People make offerings to Zi Gu, the guardian angel for weak women, on the 11th day.

  This day is also for Yuefu (fathers-in-law) to entertain Nuxu (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.

  Families buy lanterns and build a lantern shack on the 12th day.

  On the 13th day, preparations for Lantern Festival continue.

  The 14th day is the birthday of the Goddess of Linshui, who is believed to protect women from dying in childbirth. People make offerings to the goddess on this day.

  The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is commonly celebrated as Yuan Xiao Jie, 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 enjoy the full moon and appreciate colorful lanterns and also solve lantern riddles.

  Chinese people also eat yuan xiao, a traditional food made of glutinous rice flour which symbolizes family togetherness and reunion.

  This day officially marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations.

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