Chinese keywords and Spring Festival customs (Day 2)

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The written word and tradition in China

Day 2 of the Spring Festival

The Chinese character 娘 ("niang"), meaning mother, is the keyword for the second day of the Spring Festival. This year, it falls on Jan. 23.

On this day, a married daughter usually goes back to her parents' home together with her husband and children. Therefore, this day is also called the day for welcoming the son-in-law. In the past, a married daughter could seldom come back to her parents' home after her wedding ceremony, so this day is of great significance, as it is a time for the daughter to hug her mom once again and share close mother-daughter stories. Daughters usually bring gifts such as meat, candy, and noodles for their parents. Meat symbolizes a life of good fortune, candy represents sweetness and happiness, and noodles indicate wishes of good health and longevity. A family photo is usually taken on this day to cherish the precious reunion day. 

Read more about Spring Festival customs:

Day 1 of the Spring Festival

Day 3 of the Spring Festival

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