(英文) closing for the Lunar New Year holiday; literally "to put off the stove". The phrase originally referred to the closing of the kitchen. Before the Lunar New Year holidays, restaurants would put up a notice telling customers when they will close (收爐 sau1 lou4) and the date they will resume business. The usage has spread to other businesses beyond restaurants, and it is used to refer to closing for the Lunar New Year holiday for all businesses.
(粵) 本店年廿九收爐，初四啟市。 (bun2 dim3 nin4 jaa6 gau2 sau1 lou4, co1 sei3 kai2 si5.)
(英) We will be closed after the business hours of the 29th and will resume business on the 4th.
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