Did you know that Chinese New Year isn’t just a one-day event? Unlike the New Year of the Georgian calendar, the lunar new year is a 15-day affair, with a number of festivities being held, besides the all-important family reunion on New Year’s Day.
One such celebration that is held during the Chinese New Year period is the Jie Cai Ceng tradition. This tradition refers to the grand welcome that the Gods of Wealth and Prosperity are given.
Jie Cai Ceng falls on the 5th day of the Chinese New Year. It is believed that the gods will descend from the heavens on this day. To welcome their arrival on earth, fireworks are set off to symbolise the arrival of wealth and prosperity. It is mostly businessmen who celebrate this day, more than anyone else, for these gods are held in high regard for the wellbeing of their business.
Like most auspicious Chinese New Year traditions, which are meant to be a blessing for good fortune and prosperity for the rest of the year, the Jie Cai Ceng is another symbol of good luck celebrated by many who are hopeful of the new year.
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