Today is the 12th day of Chinese New Year in the lunar year of 4711 - this is how long the Chinese lunar calendar has been in use.
Though everyday life has resumed for most, if not all of us, who celebrate this Spring festival, the feel of festivity in still in the air and people continue to visit each other. This morning, in the distance, I heard the sound of two successive lion dance performances. You could tell from the drum beats and cymbals clanging. Some small-time Chinese companies (for example in carpentry and house-renovation business) have just started work today. A lion dance performance would be a good way to usher in the new year.
According to Chinese Astrology expert Joey Yap, the best time to start work this year in the Year of the Snake is today, the 12th day, and the auspicious time was at 6:30am. It is believed that adhering to auspicious times to start work in the new year would ensure a smooth year throughout the year.
For obvious reason the 12th day is also known as The Diarrhea Day. This is in relation to after 11 days of meat and other greasy food consumption.
In places where the Lantern Festival is celebrated with lantern displays and related activities, people there will begin making preparation for the Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day of Chinese New Year and which marks the end of the Spring festival.
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- Chinese New Year - the First day
- Chinese New Year - the Second day
- Chinese New Year - the Third day
- Chinese New Year - the Fourth day
- Chinese New Year - the Fifth day
- Chinese New Year - the Sixth day
- Chinese New Year - the Seventh day
- Chinese New Year - the Eighth day
- Chinese New Year - the Ninth day
- Chinese New Year - the 10th day
- Chinese New Year - the 11th day