In the folk, married girls are not happy to spend New Year's Eve at their natal home, nor are they happy to go to their natal home to pay New Year's greetings on the first day of junior high school, and not return to their natal home until the second day of junior high school. Is this patriarchal? no! So, where did these customs come from? According to legend, it is related to the education of Ming Taizu Zhu Yuanzhang and Empress Ma Xiuying.
After Zhu Yuanzhang took over the world, Princess Anqing married Ouyang Lun, the captain. It was New Year's Eve, and all the married sisters went back to their in-laws' house to celebrate the new year. Only the newly married Princess Anqing felt that her in-law's house was shabby, and because she was the youngest biological daughter of Empress Ma, she insisted on not going back to her in-law's house and insisted on living with her in the palace. The father, the queen, and the queen rejoiced together to celebrate the new year. Empress Ma, who has always been extremely strict with her children, persuaded Princess Anqing: "You are already a wife, so you should respect your in-laws and be considerate of your husband. How much they want to have a lively reunion year with their new daughter-in-law!" He sighed, and enlightened her, "You don't go back to your mother-in-law's house because you are the emperor's daughter. Although they can't say anything, will they be happy? If you want to be fair, turn it upside down. After you become a mother-in-law in the future, your daughter-in-law It's the princess, will you be happy if she doesn't reunite with you during the Chinese New Year?" Anyway, Princess Anqing has finally returned to her husband's house.
On the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year, Zhu Yuanzhang was setting off firecrackers in the palace courtyard as happily as a child, when he suddenly saw Princess Anqing and Ouyang Lun, the captain-in-law, coming to give them New Year greetings. Zhu Yuanzhang thought: I sent you away last night, but you came again this morning, so he asked the princess , "Have you paid New Year's greetings to your in-laws?" rattle.
Zhu Yuanzhang was furious: "I am a human being as the emperor, and ordinary people are also human beings! Why don't you kowtow to your in-laws first, and go all the way to the palace to worship us first?! Go! Go and pay New Year's greetings to your in-laws first, be honest Stay at home for a day to serve them, and come back tomorrow to give us New Year greetings!" Zhu Yuanzhang went back to his study and wrote a couplet for his daughter, asking them to go back and think about it, and then kicked them out.
Princess Anqing went back and opened the couplet to see:
The sheep kneel and breastfeed, and the daughter-in-law respects the mother-in-law.Horizontal batch: It is a matter of course
Since then, Zhu Yuanzhang cried loudly when Empress Ma died , and the custom of returning to her natal home for New Year greetings on the second day of the Lunar New Year has not changed for a long time.