Friday, February 22, 2013

Chinese New Year - the 13th day

We have come to the 13th day of Chinese New Year today. After all the lavish meals the past two weeks or so, we are expected to eat plainer meals this thirteenth day.

Day 13 is dedicated to Guan Yu to commemorate his death anniversary. Guan Yu (often reverently called Guan Gong (Lord Guan) and Guan Di (Emperor Guan), was a general in the Three Kingdom period, (2211-263 AD) in the Han Dynasty.

Winning hundreds of battles during his service to the country, he is also known as God of Success and God of Wealth. Business people worship him hoping to emulate him in winning battles on business deals.

Considered to be the greatest general in Chinese history. He represents loyalty, strength, truth, and justice. Guan Yu is also worshipped by gangsters. Some people visit the temple of General Guan Yu to pray for safety and money luck.

Image source of Guan Yu: Wikipedia

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  1. Now that I'm back from South Africa, I can finally say ... Happy Chinese New Year, HappySurfer!

    How much weight did you gain thanks to those lavish meals? I don't have a scale so I can't weigh myself, but I do know that my jeans are uncomfortably tight after munching away on South African food for two weeks! :D

    1. Thank you, Ru. A great year ahead for you too.

      Oh goody, reason enough to go shopping for new jeans. haha..

  2. Oh! I did not know 13th day of CNY is dedicated to Guan Yu! Thanks for sharing! So sad the CNY is almost over! : (

    1. You really had fun, didn't you? Good for you, Foong!