Chinese New Year Customs You Must Follow To Bring In Luck And FortuneLiving & Lifestyle
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The season of pineapple tarts, love letters, and red packets is here! Chinese New Year has a long history of customs and traditions dating back to thousands of years ago that are still widely practiced today. Many people believe that they will draw good luck and fortune if followed closely.
Here are the most important ones you should observe to welcome the year of the Monkey with great abundance and prosperity!
1. Red Banners
These decorations also add to the Chinese New Year vibes!
The Chinese believe that the monster Nian is afraid of the colour red, so in order to scare it away, hang up red banners and trimmings around the house. Place them on doors and windows, as these are the ‘passages’ where it can enter by.
2. Don’t Clean The House
Keep them away!
Don’t clean your house during the first three days of Chinese New Year, as it is equivalent to sweeping away the upcoming good luck. To be extra careful, hide your brooms and dust pans!
3. Pomelo leaves
On the night before the New Year, bathe with pomelo leaves. Besides tasting delicious, its leaves are also known to invite wealth, abundance, and good health.
4. Mandarin Oranges
Mandarin oranges are considered to be fruits of happiness, so fill up your fruit bowls with them and place them throughout the house. To further enhance your luck, put them in even number or eat them in pairs.
Sweet or savoury dumplings? Take your pick!
On the eve of the New Year, remember to eat dumplings (jiao zi) while you’re having reunion dinner. As they look similar to Yuanbao (a currency used in ancient days), many believe that eating them will bring wealth into one’s life in the new year.
6. Fresh Air
Open your windows as much as you can during this period. Besides having fresh air, you will also be attracting good luck.
7. No Shoe Shopping
Wait for the after-CNY sales!
Avoid buying shoes over the days of Chinese New Year. In Cantonese, shoes are a homonym for ‘rough’, so shoe-shopping during this time may cause your upcoming days to be rough.
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