Qīngqīng: Huáhua, míngtiān shì nónglì làyuè èrshísān hào guò xiǎonián, wǒ jiā wǎnshàng yào chī jiǎozi, nǐ jiā ne?
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Huáhuá: Búduì ba? Wǒ jiā de xiǎoniányè shì zài chúxì qián yìtiān ei! Dàodǐ shì nǎyìtiān guò xiǎonián a?
Qīngqīng: Ó! Duìle, wǒ xiǎngqǐlái le, Zhōngguó běifāng de xísú gēn Táiwān de bútài yíyàng, wǒmen lǎojiā yǐqián guò xiǎonián shì yào jìbài Zàowángyé, sòng tā huí tiānshàng qù gēn Yùhuángdàdì zuò bàogào de.
Huáhua: Zhège wǒ tīngshuō guò, búguò wǒ jiā de chuántǒng shì zài làyuè èrshísì hào, yào qīnglǐ jiālǐ bài shénmíng hàn zǔxiān de gòngzhuō, wǒmen jiào “Qīnglú”
Qīngqing: Wa! Tīngqǐlái hǎo yǒu yìyì o! Shénmíng hàn zǔxiān yě xūyào gāngānjìngjìng de zhǔnbèi guò xīnnián.
Huáhua: Qíshí wǒ juéde bàibai hěn máfán, yào zhǔnbèi hǎoduō dōngxi, bàiwánle yòu chībùwán, bùzhīdào gāi zěnmebàn.
Qīngqing: Shì méicuò, dàn rúguǒ zhèxiē wénhuà dōu méiyǒule, hǎoxiàng yě jiù méiyǒu guònián de qìfēn le.
Huáhua: Shuō de yěshì, hǎo ba! Táiyǔ shuō: “Yǒu bài yǒu bǎoyòu.” Nà wǒ háishì rènzhēn bài yíxià hǎole.
Qingqing: Huahua, tomorrow is the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month, celebrating the Minor Spring Festival. We’re having dumplings at my place in the evening. How about your family?
Huahua: That doesn’t sound right. In my family, Minor Spring Festival’s Eve is the day before New Year’s Eve! What day exactly is the Minor Spring Festival celebrated?
Qingqing: Oh, I remember now. The customs in northern China are different from in Taiwan. In our hometown, we used to worship the Kitchen God on the Minor Spring Festival and send him back to report to the Jade Emperor in Heaven.
Huahua: I’ve heard about that, but in my family, the tradition is to clean the house and worship the deities and ancestors at the altar on the 24th day of the 12th lunar month. We call it “Qinglu.”
Qingqing: Wow! It sounds so meaningful! Deities and ancestors also need a clean and tidy preparation for the New Year.
Huahua: Actually, I find the worship rituals a bit of a hassle. There’s a lot to prepare, and after the ceremony, there’s so much food that we can’t finish it. I don’t know what to do.
Qingqing: That’s true, but without these traditions, the festive atmosphere of the New Year wouldn’t be there.
Huahua: You’re right. Well then, as they say in Taiwanese: “有拜有保佑” (Worship brings blessings). I guess I’ll go ahead and worship sincerely.
1. 過小年 (Guo Xi?onian) Minor Spring Festival or the day before New Year’s Eve
2. 除夕 (chuxi) New Year’s Eve
3. 到底 (daod?) after all; how on Earth…?
4. 祭拜 (jibai) worship
5. 灶王爺 (Zaowangye) The Kitchen God
6. 玉皇大帝 (Yuhuangdadi) Jade Emperor
7. 神明 (shenming) gods; deities
8. 供桌 (gongzhu?) altar
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