Many Chinese families worship the God of Land every 2nd and 16th lunar day. This is the first time of the year to worship the God of Land with animal offerings and ask for safety and luck. Some Chinese will eat dumpling because its shape like ancient Chinese money - gold ingot.
The big event for this day is that a married woman can return her mother home. Usually, the newlywed woman's brother will come to take her sister home in the morning. The husband must escort his newlywed wife to see parents-in-law. Certainly, the married woman needs to prepare Red Envelopes for her parents, nephews and nieces. The lunch time is their reunion dinner. The married couples will leave after 3:00 PM. Long time ago, married woman will bring back a pair of sugar cane and a pair of chicken. Sugar cane stands for the sweet marriage life. The chicken stands for more children.
Some married women's parents past away, then they either stay husband house or return to her eldest brother's home.
If every married woman returns her mother home on the 2nd lunar day, then the husband house might be without women's hands to entertain his married sisters. Therefore, some married women return home on the third lunar day.
Depending on geographic area, Some Chinese eat dumpling (Jiao-Zi) on the New Year Day. On the second day of New Year, they eat Bao-Zi, steamed buns with stuffing. On the third day of New Year, they eat Her-Zi, jumbo-sized dumpling.