5th Day of Chinese Lunar New Year

Authors: Go Chengdu


A day of warding off five ghosts and resuming business operation.




According to Chinese folk customs, on the morning of the 5th day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, people should set off firecrackers inside their houses as walking toward the door. It is believed that in this way, bad luck brought about by five ghosts, which lead to the lack of intelligence, knowledge and literacy, unhappy fate and making bad friends, can be warded off.

In addition, in the past, business operations were always suspended from the first to the fourth day of the New Year, and resumed on the fifth. People believed the day would bring wealth to them because they thought the day as the birthday of the God of Wealth.

Nowadays, large shopping malls and markets keep open on the first day of the New Year.

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