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Q&A 30. Setting off firecrackers during Chinese New Year

Q: Master Lu, the Chinese New Year is approaching.  What is the significance of setting off firecrackers during Chinese New Year (the Spring Festival)?

A:

  • It is generally good to set off firecrackers in celebration of Chinese New Year.
  • Firecrackers can drive away evil spirits and enhance positive Yang energy. They can therefore prevent unwholesome entities from entering the house.
  • During Chinese New Year, setting off firecrackers before midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve sees the old year out; setting off firecrackers a second time after 12am welcomes the New Year.

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