After the reunion dinner, will be waiting for the arrival of the “Zi Shi” (11pm) to prepare for welcoming of the God of Wealth and “Shou Sui”. Believers will prepare offerings to the deities such as huat kueh, fruits, candle etc, to welcome the God of Wealth and gather with family members to welcome the lunar new year.
On the first day of the Lunar Chinese New Year, believers usually cook vegetarian dishes to worship the deities and ancestors at home. Some believers also only eat vegetarian dishes and not meat for this day.
The second day of the Lunar Chinese New Year represents a new beginning of the year (KaiNian). On this day, married daughter will return to her parents’ home with her husband and children to have a “New Year’s dinner” (KaiNianFan) with their parents. “New Year’s Dinner” symbolizes a new beginning, everyone live in harmony, and be happy. Some will visit temples to pray for good luck and safety for family in the new year.
The seventh day of the Lunar Chinese New Year is ‘RenRi’ (People’s birthday). Believers will also visit the temple to pray for good luck and safety for family as this is an auspicious day for everyone.
On the fifteenth day, also known as “the Lantern Festival” is also the last day of “Lunar Chinese New Year”. On this day, believers generally prepare offerings at home to worship deities and ancestors. Some will also visit the temple to pray for blessings.
华人“过新年” – 祭拜神灵和祖先