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Also known as the 'Lantern Festival' and the second reunion of Chinese New Year falls on 24th February 2024.

As significant as the first day, this is the day of the last revelry and a time to look forward to the next twelve month of the year with confidence and strength. Lights play an important role in this celebrations as it is said that this is symbolic of lighting the way ahead for a year of success and prosperity. Together with the loud sounds of drums and gongs from lion dances, it is hoped that these energies will elevate everyone to levels of energies and clear directions.

The Chinese Lantern Festival continues the customs related to lights in the early days, such as viewing lanterns and guessing lantern riddles which can be seen in many regions.

The custom of walking on a bridge during the Lantern Festival can be seen in various places. Also known as stepping and crossing the auspicious bridge, it is believed that doing so shall eliminate and dissipate any diseases, walking on all diseases, bringing with it a year of robust health.

In Malaysia and Singapore, ethnic group also has the custom of admiring lanterns and guessing lantern riddles. During the Lantern Festival, unmarried men and women gather by the river to throw oranges into the river with their names and contact details, wishing and hoping to meet a partner they can join hands with for life.

The 11th day of Chinese New Year.

20th February 2024 is the eleventh day of the Spring Festival.

It is the eleventh day of the New Year and also of the first lunar month.

Although there is a certain distance from the Spring Festival, it is still within the New Year period after all, so it is still a relatively special day. So, do you know what day the eleventh day of the first lunar month is?

What is usually done on New Year’s Day?

It's the day to invite the son-in-law.

It is said that this day is the day when the father-in-law entertains his son-in-law. There was a lot of leftover food left over from celebrating the birth of God on the ninth day of the lunar month, apart from eating it for one day on the tenth day of the lunar month.

Therefore, the family did not have to spend any more money and used the leftover food to entertain their son-in-law and daughter. The Chinese folk song is called "Inviting the son-in-law on the 11th day." .

The day the stones will be left unturned.

The tenth day of the first lunar month is the day of the Earth Sun. It falls on 19th February 2024 Tuesday and coincides with the Day of the Rain Water.

Legend has it that this is Stone's birthday. On this day, all stone tools such as grinding and milling are not allowed to be moved, and even stones are set up as sacrifices for fear of damaging the crops. In today's context, groundbreaking is absolutely inauspicious.

The earth and the sun are also called "the stone cannot move" and "the ten cannot move". It is a custom that on this day, every family pays tribute to stones and burns incense.

You must eat steamed buns for lunch. It is believed that eating buns will bring you good fortune within a year. There is an act of carrying stone gods.

On the night of the ninth day of the lunar month, people freeze an earthen jar on a large smooth stone. On the morning of the tenth day of the lunar month, a rope was tied to the nose of the jar, and ten young men took turns carrying the jar away. If the stone does not fall to the ground, it indicates a good harvest that year.

In another legend, Rats are considered harmful and inauspicious. They must be 'married off' to ensure a year of peace and prosperity. So, on the tenth day of the lunar month, in many places, lamps, incense and paper tributes are lit in corners of rooms, wall corners and water urns to congratulate mice for their marriage. Disturbing the peace of the Rats on this day will surely bring misfortunes.

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