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