There is an amusing song that Old Beijingers sing about the time before the Spring Festival Eve. It vividly depicts how people busily and happily embrace the New Year:
“Little kids, little kids, don’t be greedy.
After laba, it’s New Year’s time
Drink the porridge for several days, then on the 23rd day,
On the 23rd, eat glutinous sugar candy.
On the 24th, clean your house;
On the 25th, fry tofu;
On the 26th, stew meat;
On the 27th, kill chicken;
On the 28th, leaven dough
On the 29th, make steamed bread
on the Spring Festival Eve, stay up and play whole night.”
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The day before the Spring Festival is known as the Spring Festival Eve, which usually falls on the 30th (although it can sometimes be the 29th) of the 12th lunar month. To usher in the New Year, fun activities such as hanging lanterns, setting off ﬁrecrackers and putting up Spring Festival couplets are held. People oﬂen stay up until midnight on the Spring Festival Eve, otherwise known as Shousui.