Superstitions you might not know about Chinese New Year
February 2, 2016
The Year of The Monkey is upon us. If you are new or oblivious to Chinese superstitions during this massive celebration, you may want to get yourself familiar with some quick tips to make sure you’re in the know.
Full spring clean
Give your house a full clean on the 28th day of the Lunar New Year (this year it falls on February 6). It is believed that cleaning sweeps away the bad luck of the preceding year and makes your home ready for good luck.
Get your hair done ahead
Want to give your hair a new look? Do that before the New Year, as cutting hair during New Year is considered bad luck as the word "hair" (fa) is a homonym of "prosperity".
No shoes purchase
Avoid buying shoes over the New Year holiday period, as in Cantonese, shoes are a homonym as “rough”. No one wants a rough year.
On the first day, avoid washing your body, your hair or even doing your laundry. Otherwise all your good luck will be washed away.
Greet and bless
On the first and second day of the Chinese New Year (February 8-9), be sure to greet and wish people ‘Gong Hey Fat Choy’, which means best wishes and have a prosperous year. This year you may even want to try saying ‘Hau Nin Fai Lok’, which means happy year of the monkey.
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