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Second Day

chinaculture.org Updated: 2014-01-20 11:53:34


A couple ride a motorcycle to the wife's family in Qionghai City, south China's Hainan Province, Feb. 11, 2013. It is the second day of this year's Lunar New Year, or Spring Festival, on Feb. 11, when Chinese married women usually follow a tradition to visit parents with their husbands. (Xinhua/Meng Zhongde)

The second day of the Chinese New Year is also known as “Kai Nian” in Chinese, meaning the beginning of a year. On this day, shops, businessmen and even ordinary families will offer sacrifices to the God of Fortune who they welcomed on the Chinese New Year’s Eve. They hope the God of Fortune can give them a great fortune in the coming year. The five main sacrifices that big shops in Beijing offer include: a whole pig, a whole lamp, a whole cock, a whole duck, and a live red carp.

In addition, the second day of the Chinese New Year is also commonly referred to as “Ying Xu Ri” in Chinese, meaning the day to welcome sons-in-law. That is because on this day, married daughters will visit the parental home with their husband. They will bring some gifts and red envelopes for the children in their parents’ home. And according to the traditional customs, it is required that the daughters and sons-in-law should have lunch in their parents’ home. This custom provides a chance for sisters to get together, and talk about their old happy days and their everyday lives. In some places, families usually take family portraits on this day.


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