Today is the 6th day of the 1st month in Lunar Calendar.
According to traditional customs, families usually send away the Ghost of Poverty (穷鬼, qiong gui) on this day.
By doing this, Chinese people wish to send sway poverty and welcome the beautiful days and good luck in the new year.
According to the legend, the ghost of poverty is a son of an emperor thousands years ago. He was short and weak, and liked wearing ragged clothes and eating poor porridge.
Even when people presented him with new clothes, he would not wear it until he ripped it apart. So, he got the name of ‘the man of poverty (穷子, qiong zi) with time passing by, he gradually became the ghost of poverty.
To send away the Ghost of Poverty, Chinese people will usually throw away their ragged clothes, rubbish and other dirty things.
This practice also has its hygienic reason.
As for the first five days of Chinese new year, people are not allowed to throw away any rubbish because the rubbish is regarded as fortune which cannot be swept off.
However, after the Festival of Po Wu (破五, po wu), many taboos can be broken.
Thus, people finally can clean up their houses again.
Nowadays, the custom of sending away the Ghost of Poverty is not common in big cities.