Also known as the Spring Festival, celebrations of the Chinese New Year (CNY) start on the day before, and last until 15TH day of the new year.
2019 is the Year of the Pig which comes with its own traditions to ensure a healthy and prosperous year ahead.
Here are 5 of the most tricky superstitions you should avoid – unless you want a lifetime of bad luck!
1. Washing hair and clothes.
Apparently, people don’t wash clothes on the 1st and 2nd day of CNY because these two days are celebrated as the birthday of Shuishen (水神, the Water God).
Hair too must not be washed on the first day of the lunar year.
This is because the Chinese language, hair (发) has the same pronunciation and character as ‘facai’ (发财), which means ‘to become wealthy’.
Therefore, washing your hair is seen as washing away your fortune.
2. Eating Porridge
Though porridge is high in fibre and keeps you full longer you should skip it on the first day of the new year.
Traditionally, people were warned against eating porridge as it was associated with being poor which is something a lot of people see as a bad omen.
3. Going Out on CNY
Bad news for all the women out there – if we leave the house on the New Year’s day we’ll be plagued by bad luck for the rest of the year!
Also, a married daughter is not allowed to visit her parents, as this is believed to bring economic hardship for the family.
Men, presumably, can carry on doing as they please.
4. Killing things
Let’s set it straight, killing something or someone is never a good idea.
But what about the fly flying over the food you prepared for your guest or the spider hanging at the front
Do not kill them because blood is considered an ill omen.
So killing something on New Year Day will likely cause a bloody disaster in return. Eek!
5. Taking Medicine
Taking medicine on the first day of the lunar year means not only will you get ill, but it will last for one whole year.
Not only is this extremely unpleasant for you, but it’s probably not going to endear you to your boss.
6. Borrowing Money.
Avoid borrowing or asking someone for money on New Year’s Day.
Also, try to pay all debts by New Year’s Eve.
Remember if someone owes you money, do not go to his or her home to demand it on new year day.
Anyone who does this will be unlucky for the whole year.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
Remember to avoid doing these things on the New Year and your life will be great for the rest of the year.
Wishing you good fortune and hope the days ahead are filled with immense joy and prosperity.
May the rising sun will bring with it bundles of joy, happiness and luck for everyone.