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Chinese New Year Superstitions

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The Year of the Rooster will start on January 28, 2017. People around the globe who have ties with the Chinese traditions believe that there are the Do's and Don'ts they should follow in anticipation of the coming New Year. Taboos and superstitions have existed since ancient Chinese, believed to invite good things to happen and ward off bad luck throughout the year. Whether or not you will follow or ignore them, there is nothing wrong with knowing some of those taboos on Chinese New Year Day, just for the fun of it.



Sweeping

Sweeping the floor or dump the trash is believed to take away the wealth and luck from the entire household, so all brooms and dusters hidden during this day.

Eating

Don't eat rice porridge in the morning of the new year as porridge is food for the poor. Eating porridge in the morning will prevent you from getting rich.

Washing or Cutting of Hair

Wash your hair and you'll risk washing away good luck and fortune for the coming year. Similar to that, cutting your hair is also bad luck because knives and scissors can cut off your fortune as well.

White and Black Colours

Avoid wearing white and black on the New Year day as they are associated with death and mourning. Wear red instead, the color of happiness and prosperity.

Handling Kitchenwares and Household Items with Care

You should be extra careful when handling breakable items such as cups, plates, and mirrors. Breaking iany of such items means a broken family or a death in the family.

Shooting off Fire

Sending out the old year and welcoming in the coming year by lighting up fireworks or shooting off fire. On the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve every door in the house,and even windows, have to be open to allow the old year to go out.

Lending or borrowing of Money or Items

No lending or borrowing should take place during this time, as this activity will be reflected in what this person will be doing all the year.

Refrain from Bad words

Keep everything positive. Do not say or write a single bad word, or this will bring effect on you for the rest of the year. This also applies to neutral 'words' or numbers that have negative associations in the Chinese traditions.