2020 Clear-Water Master Day
The sixth lunar day of the first lunar month is the birthday of the Clear-Water Grand Master. The Master was a monk in Sung dynasty. He prayed for rain many times to save people during the drought. He persuaded people to build many bridges and to plant trees. Many miracle events happened after his death. Once he lived at Clear-Water Rock Mountain. So people call him Clear-Water Grand Master. His temple will have a big ceremony on this day. Many people are still on holiday vacation and will go to attend the ceremony.
In the agriculture society, before the toilet age, Chinese farmers called someone to clean the manure pit every 3 to 5 days. This is the day to clean the manure pit. Today, some families take care of New Year trashes and clean up rooms this day.
2020 Chinese New Year - God of Pig Day
In Taiwan, there is a contest for the title of the God of Pig at the temple of Clear-Water Grand Master (Qing-Shui Zushi Temple). The heaviest pig can win the title. The contest record of 2012 was 1061 kilograms, which is 2335 pounds. All the contest pigs will be killed, haircut, colored and shown their back on the truck. Because the God of Pig is so heavy, the owner can sell pork for more than a million Taiwanese dollar. The picture above is the champion pig.
This contest is nothing to do with the Clear-Water Grand Master who was a vegetarian monk. He wouldn't kill the animals. That's only a culture tradition. Hundred of years ago, people were often attacked by wild animals and wild mountain people. The residents prepared animal sacrifices to worship the God of Mountain and prayed for saftety during the Chinese New Year period. Now they borrow the big empty square of the Qing-Shui Zushi Temple for the event and the contest on the sixth day of the first lunar month.
The traditional Chinese opera will be invited and perform on the street for days to celebrate this special festival.
After New Year long holiday, most of companies open their business on 5th lunar day. Some stores start their business on the 6th lunar day. This is because they follow the Chinese New Year taboo, not to have trashes to sweep out in the first five New Year days. Therefore, they welcome and worship the God of Wealth on the 6th day, not the 5th day. After the welcome ceremony, they will explore firecrackers to expel the spirits of proverty.
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, ox on the 5th lunar day, and horse on the 6th lunar day. Therefore, January 30, 2020 is the birthday of the Horse.
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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