Friday, February 08, 2008

2nd day of the CNY

On the second day of Chinese New Year, the Chinese pray to their ancestors as well as to all the gods.

On this day deceased relatives and ancestors are remembered, and prayers and food are both offered in generous amounts. They are extra kind to dogs and feed them well as it is believed that the second day is the birthday of all dogs.

This is one of the least favored days of the Chinese New Year. It is unlucky to open for business on this day – if you do you risk bad fortune befalling your business.

Although business people of the Cantonese dialect group will hold a 'Hoi Nin' prayer to start their business on the 2nd day of Chinese New Year. The prayer is done to pray that they'll be blessed with good luck and prosperity in their business for the year.

During this period, the God of Wealth is welcomed. It is also known as Thoa Ya, the best "feast" days for employees. To employees, this day is not only a sumptuous feast but a bonus for their hard work during the year, but also it is a reward for a year of work, the bonuses are to make workers happy in the New Year as grim faces are a taboo during the festival.

The second day of the Chinese New Year is for married daughters to visit their maiden home and renew ties with their family. Traditionally, daughters who have been married may not have the opportunity to visit their birth families frequently.

It is considered bad luck and disrespectful for men if their wives visit her parents on the first day of the New Year as this would give the impression that she could not wait to “run back” to her parents.