GEORGE TOWN: The Chinese New Year festivities continued in its fourth day yesterday with the return of the Kitchen God and the celebration of Li Chun, the primary day of the Chinese photo voltaic calendar.
The starting of Spring is a day to rush to the banks to deposit money.
Since she was a baby, housewife Joanne Lee, 35, has been taught by her dad and mom to save the ang pow money she acquired from her kin on the day of Li Chun.
“My parents would always remind me to save my money and now, I have passed on this tradition to my children,” she stated.
Lee stated though it was solely a cultural follow, it was good to comply with it as a result of saving money is at all times helpful.
“These days, the tradition has evolved into the modern practice of depositing money online or wire transfer,” she stated.
Another distinctive custom that’s practised by the Chinese neighborhood on at the present time is the egg balancing act.
It is believed that solely on Li Chun, eggs may be balanced on their broad ends with minimal effort.
Meanwhile, over at Lim Ewe Bee’s household residence in Batu Maung, preparations have been underneath means to welcome again the Kitchen God.
Only shut relations have been current through the easy ceremony yesterday.
Lim, 60, stated the household had been conducting the ceremony at their household residence for the previous six many years however ever since her mom died in 2020, it was toned down.
“When my mother was around, it was merrier as she was well versed with the process to conduct the prayers. But since her passing, we have kept it simple.
“Usually, we would light up firecrackers but in respect of her passing, we have skipped this for three years,” stated Lim, including that the household prayed to the Kitchen God for peace and good well being this 12 months.
According to Chinese perception, the Kitchen God stories on occasions in a family through the previous 12 months to the Jade Emperor when he ascends to heaven.
His return is welcomed on the fourth day of the primary lunar month.