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 2023, it falls on 19 January (Thursday).
This annual clean-up was illustrated and recorded in the nianhua (年畫) of the 19th Century.
Renewing the Peachwood Board (桃符換彩)
The woman is cleaning some ornamental pieces.The woman is cleaning some ornamental pieces.
The two scripts Hóng xǐ (鴻禧) means Happy New Year.
For many centuries the Chinese people have decorated their homes during the Chinese New Year (CNY) with brightly-coloured pictures printed on paper by woodblock painting. I have published 2 pages on nianhua about religious pictures and symbols of good luck. Please have a look. May I wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Sheep!