auspicious days to start work in the new year.
Companies may hold a dinner for their employees on this first day of work.
People still go visiting and paying respect. People are still wearing new clothes and children are still enjoying collecting goodluck money or Hongbao (red envelopes with gift-money) from elders when they go visiting. Hongbao is still being given out until the end of the Chinese New Year, that is on the fifteenth day which falls on February 24 this year.
The God of the Stove (yes, we have one governing the fireplace area) is expected back from Heaven on this fourth day of the new year. Food offerings are laid out to welcome him back to the home. It is believed that the God of the Stove leaves for Heaven on the 24th day of the twelve month to report on the activities of the household and returns on the fourth day of the new year.
The Fourth day of Chinese New Year is the birthday of Sheep, after the Chicken, Dog and Pig.
- Chinese New Year eve - the Reunion dinner
- Chinese New Year - the First day
- Chinese New Year - the Second day
- Chinese New Year - the Third day