2020 New Year Day Welcome the God of the Wealth
Who is the God of Wealth? Chinese are always interested in wealth, abundance and rich topics. In China history, there are many legendary figures canonized as the God of the Wealth. They might a rich businessman, someone guarding the properties or someone conquering the business market territory. More detail information is at Chinese God of the Wealth page.
After 4-day vacation, people are ready to go back to work. Most of companies will open business on the 5th lunar day. Many Chinese always select an auspicious hour from Chinese Farmer's Calendar to open the company door. Company owners who have faith in religious will worship the Gods of Wealth with animal sacrifices before opening business. After the ceremony, they will explode a long firecracker to get people's attention. Today, some cities ban the firecrackers, and people play the recoding sound of firecrackers from tape or DVD players instead.
This is the first working day after long holiday vacation. Most of Employees probably talk about the Chinese New Year stuff on the 5th day. Some employees might take extra days for the holiday. Usually, the business backs to normal on the 6th lunar day.
The lion dance team will parade on the street with the sound of drums, cymbals and firecracker. They are waiting the stores to invite them to have a lion dance for the opening business. Then lion dance team wishes the store have a prosperous business to bring in wealth and treasure all year long. So they will be rewarded a Red Envelope from the store owner after the performance.
Sometimes, we can see someone wearing the God of Wealth's mascot to ask Red Envelope from the opening stores. Many store owners are reluctant to give away the Red Envelope. But no store wants to expel the God of Wealth away.
The exploding sound of the firecracker tells people that the company is ready for business. That asks people to come into the store. Usually the first customer might get a Red Envelope from the store owner. It's very important that a company cannot fail the first transaction of the year.
The New Year Greeting Party of schools, big corporations or government departments should be held on New Year Day. But many people don't want to spend valuable time on the New Year day; so many organizations move the New Year Greeting hours on this day.
Also, the 5th lunar day is a trash day. All trashes collected from the New Year Day Eve, finally, can get rid of it from the house. Everything should return to normal.
According to Chinese genesis, the goddess Nu-Wa with snake body (2852-2738 B.C.) created chicken on the first day of the first lunar month, dog on the 2nd lunar day, pig on the 3rd lunar day, sheep on the 4th lunar day, and ox on the 5th lunar day. Therefore, January 29, 2020 is the birthday of the Ox and Cow.
Chinese New Year Day - Coming Years
2021 Chinese New Year is on Friday, February 12, 2021. 2021 is the White Cow year.
2022 Chinese New Year is on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. 2022 is the Black Tiger year.
2023 Chinese New Year is on Sunday, January 22, 2023. 2023 is the Black Rabbit year.
2024 Chinese New Year is on Saturday, February 10, 2024. 2024 is the Green Dragon year.
2025 Chinese New Year is on Wednesday, January 29, 2025. 2025 is the Green Snake year.
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