As the most important traditional festival in China, there are lots of folk customs for the Chinese New Year. However, some traditions are disappearing with the rapid development of China. In this article, we will introduce some uncommon customs and disappearing Chinese New Year traditions.
1. Worshipping the Kitchen God
At one time, Chinese people would worship the Kitchen God before the Spring Festival and then send him away.
It is said that Kitchen God would go to heaven and do report to Jade Emperor on the last day of the lunar new year. Thus, Chinese people would clean the house before lunar New Year's Eve. Then prepare some food and fruits to worship Kitchen God so that Kitchen God would say some good words in front of Jade Emperor.
Nowadays, people will still clean their houses but no longer worship Kitchen God. It is only found in some rural areas and hardly in town.
2. Kowtowing to the Elders
Kowtow is an old Chinese ritual. In the past, Chinese people kowtow to the elders to show their deep respect. They would kneel and bow low to have their head touching the ground.
On the first day of the Chinese New Year, the whole family went out together to pay New Year's greetings to the elders of each family. Everyone was kowtowing to the elders in the yard. Then the elders will give young people red envelopes. We cannot find this custom anymore because the young generation feels embarrassed.
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