On the third day of the Chinese New Year, people usually don’t go out for visiting, because this day is believed to be “Chi Kou Ri” (the day of red mouth).
It is generally accepted that this day is not a good day to socialize or visit relatives and friends, because “red mouth” in Chinese culture is easy to cause quarrels and fights.
This day is also known as “Chi Gou Ri” (the day of Red Dog).
The Red Dog is the God of Blazing [ ˈbleɪzɪŋ ] Wrath [ ræθ ].
Bad things will happen if people run into the Red Dog.
So, on this day, older people who believe in superstition will stay at home all day long.
The third day of the Chinese New Year is an ominous[ ˈɑ:mɪnəs ] day, so there are many other things people are forbidden to do according to the traditional customs. For example, on this day, people are not allowed to clean the house, make a fire, draw water and so on. In some regions, people are also forbidden to eat rice because they believe this can lead to reduction of rice’s and other crops’ output. However, with time progress, fewer and fewer people believe in the superstition. More and more people take this day as a precious opportunity for family reunion.