Since Chinese New Year is just around the corner, we should know of the do’s and don’ts during the upcoming festival. You know how the elders are, we wouldn’t want to disregard their believes as they meant well. So take note folks because you’re about to be shook.
1. Avoid consuming medication
A taboo surrounding this may sound a little silly, but listen, it could actually make sense.
It is believed that if a person consumes medicine during the first day of the lunar year, he or she may be ill for the rest of the year.
So, if you fall sick during the Chinese New Year season, ask the doctor if you can skip a day of medication.
2. Avoid washing clothes or hair
It is believed that the first and second day of Chinese New Year is the birthday of Shuishen (the Water God).
So, if one does wash their hair or clothes, it is like washing their fortune away.
3. Sweeping or taking out the garbage is forbidden
Sweeping on the day of Chinese New Year is like sweeping your wealth away and taking out the garbage is like throwing away good luck and fortune from home.
If you’re anything like us and need all the luck and fortune we can get, avoid cleaning for a day!
4. Don’t eat porridge
Porridge is said to only be eaten by the “poor” for breakfast. So starting the festival “poor” is a bad omen.
5. No sharp objects around
Scissors is known to bring bad omen around the house if it is used during the festive month. The scissors might “cut” your fortune and ties.
So,do all the necessary snipping before Chinese New Year because we all need money and friends!
6. “No tears left to cry”
Ariana Grande probably got her inspiration for her song based on the Lunar New Year.
The Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate, feel happy and make joyful moments with your family and friends!
So, the elders have to ensure that their little ones aren’t sad during the celebration. This also means that parents aren’t allowed to scold their children during the Chinese New Year (we love this taboo!).
7. Married daughter should not go home
If you’re a married woman, its best to snuggle up next to your bae for Chinese New Year (at least for the first day of course).
A married woman is to avoid going home to her parent’s house for the first day of the Lunar New Year. This is believed to bring hardship and economic struggle to her parent’s home (so, girl, stay home!)
8. Shoe shopping is a big no no
In the Cantonese language, the word shoes is “hai” and is the same pronunciation as the word rough which is “hai”. (can you see where we’re going with this?)
Shopping for shoes is taboo because it could result in a rough year.
So, tell Christian Louboutin that you aren’t going to be getting any of his red bottoms for Chinese New Year!
9. No killing
Killing during Chinese New Year should be avoided (you should avoid killing all the time!) but we actually mean animals and living creatures.
Blood is a bad omen and it will bring misfortunes.
10. Let the snores continue
Don’t wake people up during Chinese New Year. It is said that the person sleeping will be bed ridden for the rest of the year.