From "little new year's Eve" to new year's Eve
The Spring Festival steps into the urban and rural areas of Guilin with the chime of 0:00 on December 24 of the lunar calendar. This day is Guilin people's "small New Year's Eve", that is, "Celebrating the small new year". On the new year's day, people slaughter dogs and ducks to celebrate the Spring Festival. This day's firecracker sound, with people to send the kitchen Lord "Heaven say good things" wish crackle crackled, the sound spread to Gao Yu. It is believed that the kitchen god is the head of the family, who is in charge of all the good and evil deeds and blessings of the family. Therefore, every year, the kitchen god will be sent to heaven to show the jade emperor the blessings and avoid disasters for the whole family. The ceremony of offering sacrifices to the kitchen stove is usually held by the elders of the family. They put candy on the kitchen stove to offer sacrifices to the kitchen god, praying that the kitchen god would "say good things to heaven and descend to the earth for good luck". The purpose of offering sacrifices to the kitchen god with candy is to make the sugar "stick" the kitchen god's mouth and let his sweet mouth speak well. When night falls on New Year's Eve, firecrackers will be set off to catch the kitchen god. This is the ancient custom of "passing a small year" in Guilin. Now even the firecrackers are only the remains of the ancient custom.
From the 24th to the 30th of the 12th lunar month, people are busy buying new year's products, cleaning the inside and outside of the room, and greeting the new year cleanly. There are many kinds of traditional food for the festival, and they have good wishes: steamed rice cakes on the 29th day of the twelfth lunar month, which are sweet, successful, meaty and vegetarian. After eating rice cakes (high), the life and work of the new year are thriving and rising step by step.
New year's Eve dinner, people like family reunion, there must be "Yuanzi" and "Huanxi" in the dishes, take the meaning of "Yuanzi" and "Huanxi". This night, all the people are at home. When keeping the year, we should burn the charcoal fire in the fire pot to symbolize the prosperity of life. When zero o'clock arrives, the old and the young are full of joy and welcome the new year with the sound of firecrackers. The sound of this happy cannon is heard all the time, one after another, until the deeper night, people are still sleepless and the fire is still burning. Even if we want to have a rest, we will not forget to snuggle up the fire in the fire basin, leave the fire seeds, and burn a good fire in the morning tomorrow. The kindling of the new year is like human life. It's a good omen for a prosperous new year. People have such deep feelings for fire, maybe it's because fire brings civilization and warmth to human beings. Love fire is like loving your life, especially in the new year.