Annual cleanup on 28th day of the final month in the lunar calendar 年廿八, 洗邋遢

The 28th day of the final month in the lunar calendar is a very special day. It is the tradition of Hong Kong, Macau and places in southern Guangdong to have an annual clean-up. In 2017, it falls on 25 January (Wednesday).

This annual clean-up was illustrated and recorded in the nianhua (年畫) of the 19th Century.

 

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Renewing the Peachwood Board (桃符換彩)

 

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The woman is cleaning some ornamental pieces.The woman is cleaning some ornamental pieces.

 

The Peachwood Board Change Colour (桃符換彩) (3)
After the annual clean up finishes, the red sticker (揮春) is pasted onto the wall.

 

The two scripts Hóng xǐ (鴻禧) means Happy New Year.

 

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2 thoughts on “Annual cleanup on 28th day of the final month in the lunar calendar 年廿八, 洗邋遢

  1. Hi Patrick

    Thank you for reminding me this practice. I still remembered my mother and my grandmother’s cleaning up all those years ago. After that, they made all the New Year cakes, deep fried “kok ji” and the very large and round “jin dui”. Those were the days…….

    It is sheer serendipity that I have also cleaned my house and roof top garden just yesterday !!

    Best regards Dorothy

    On Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 9:45 AM, “Patrick Siu Chinese Calligraphy &

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