Chinese New Year Encyclopedia: The second day

Radio Taiwan International 
Date: 06 February, 2019
By: John Van Trieste

The second day of the Lunar New Year

It’s the second day of the first lunar month. Traditionally, this is the day when married daughters go back to visit their parents. Learn more about the origin of the custom in today’s Chinese New Year Encyclopedia.

The second day of the Chinese New Year is known as kainian (開年), or “beginning of the year”. The second day is also a time when married daughters return home to visit their parents.

In the old days, married daughters were considered part of their husbands’ families and no longer members of their own families. Therefore, they were not able to go back to their parents’ homes very often.

In Taiwan, parents invite their married daughters and sons-in-law to have a meal together on the second day of the lunar month. This was traditionally an opportunity for a family to reunite with their daughter and to learn whether or not she was happy in her new home.
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