Day 23 of the 12th month
Little New Year, which falls the 23rd day of the 12th month in the Lunar calendar, is also known as the Festival of the Kitchen God, the deity who oversees the moral character of each
He is worshipped as deity.
a deeply religious man with a highly developed moral sense
People make sacrifices to the Kitchen God on this day. A paper image is burnt dispatching the god’s spirit to Heaven to report on the family’s conduct over the past year. The Kitchen God is then
welcomed back by pasting a new paper image of him beside the stove.
Troops have been dispatched to the area.
Day 24 of the 12th month
Families undertake through house cleaning on the 24th day of the 12th month in the Lunar calendar, sweeping out the old in preparation for the coming year.
This is one of the biggest weeks in the racing calendar.
According to tradition, ghosts and deities must choose either to return to Heaven or to stay on Earth during the last month of the year. It is believed that to ensure the ghosts and deities』
timely departure, people must thoroughly clean both their bodies and their dwellings, down to every last drawer and cupboard.
His sudden departure threw the office into chaos.
Day 25 of the 12th month
People turn the mill and make tofu on the 25th day of the 12th month in the Lunar calendar, as legend says the Jade Emperor will descend and taste the soybean curd residue to experience an austere
pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables
her austere bedroom with its simple narrow bed
According to Taoist mythology, the Jade Emperor is the Taoist ruler of Heaven. He is one of the most important gods of the Chinese traditional religious pantheon.
a study of the religions and mythologies of ancient Rome
Day 26 of the 12th month
The folk saying goes: "butcher a pig and get some meat to prepare for the New Year feast" on the 26th day of the 12th month in the Lunar calendar.
Pigs were butchered, hams were hung to dry from the ceiling.
In the old days, many people could not afford meat and they saved the best for the New Year feast. People’s livelihoods have improved greatly and meat is now a very common dish in daily diet, but
the Chinese still prefer having meat during festival season.
Day 27 of the 12th month
People kill chickens and go to market to buy provisions for the Spring Festival on the 27th day of the 12th month in the Lunar Calendar. With the approach of the Lunar New Year, Chinese people
prepare ingredients and food they need for the New Year feast. Chicken is an indispensabledish.
On board were enough provisions for two weeks.
Coconut is a basic ingredient for many curries.
Day 28 of the 12th month
After people have cleaned the house and started preparing food, they begin decorating their homes creating an atmosphere of rejoicing and festivity on the 28th day of the 12th month in the Lunar
Calendar. Decorations include spring couplets, New Year pictures, posters of door gods and paper-cuts.
the elaborate decoration on the carved wooden door
Day 29 of the 12th month
On the 29th day of the 12th lunar month people visit the graves of their ancestors to honor their memory. It is said Spring Festival originated in the Shang Dynasty (c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC) from
the people’s sacrifice to gods and ancestors at the end of an old year and the start of a new one.
They offered sacrifices to the gods.
Day 30 of the 12th month - Lunar New Year’s Eve
Chinese people are supposed to stay up the whole night on the 30th day of the 12th month in the Lunar Calendar.
In Chinese mythology, a monster called nian would come out to harm people on New Year’s Eve, so people get together, staying up and chatting, hoping for a peaceful passage of time. The custom of
staying up symbolizes the warding off of all diseases and disasters and wishing good luck in the New Year.
he two big mirrors on the left and right of the throne against the wall was for warding.