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‘Xiaonian’ custom: Kitchen god worshipping & sweeping

Updated: Feb 12,2015 10:06 AM     

It is Xiaonian Festival in China, an annual mini-festival held seven days before Chinese New Year.

There are some very old customs to celebrate the day, like pasting couplets on either side of doors, worshipping the “Kitchen God,” and sweeping homes.

It also marks the start of the countdown as the festivities begin to gear up for Spring Festival.

Many people use the time to go shopping, to buy those much needed supplies and groceries for the biggest holiday of the year.