Chinese keywords and Spring Festival customs (Day 3)

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The written word and tradition in China

Day 3 of the Spring Festival

The Chinese character 安 ("an"), meaning safe, secure, or at ease, is the keyword for the third day of the Spring Festival. This year, it falls on Jan. 24.

An old saying goes: "Get up early on the first day, get up early on the second day, and get enough sleep on the third day," which means people tend to sleep late on this day to recover from staying up late during the New Year's Eve and the first two days of the holiday. In ancient times, people would also burn pine, cypress branches, and portraits of the Door God on this day, which represents sending the Door God to heaven to celebrate the New Year. The family then invites the Door God back on a selected auspicious day to guard the whole family and keep out evil.

Read more about Spring Festival customs:

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