Lunar New Year Superstitions
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
The Rooster is the tenth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign. The Years of the Rooster include 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017.
According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, ambitious, independent, capable, warm-hearted and quick minded.
LUNAR NEW YEAR SUPERSTITIONS
1. Cleaning the house
The entire house should be cleaned BEFORE New Year’s Day. If you clean or sweep on New Year’s Day then your wealth will be swept away too.
2. Washing hair
Hair must not be washed or cut on the first day of the Lunar Year, as in the Chinese language, hair (发) has the same pronunciation and character as 'fa' in facai (发财), which means 'to become wealthy'. Therefore, washing your hair is seen as "washing your fortune away".
3. Red envelopes
Sending or giving red envelopes is a great way to send good wishes and luck to friends and family. Technically, all unmarried children get red envelopes during the New Year from grandma, grandpa, uncles, aunts and parents.
It is traditional to put brand new notes inside red envelopes and also to avoid opening the envelopes in front of the relatives out of courtesy.
Avoid washing clothes on the first and second day of the Lunar Year as those two days are celebrated as the birthday of the Water God, Shuishen.
5. Crying children
Be sure to keep the kids happy as a child’s cry is believed to bring bad luck to the family. As a friendly suggestion and totally unbiased, a shop at Fashion Spree might just do the trick ;)
Avoid eating porridge on the first day of the new year as it is associated with being poor – traditionally, a lot of people saw it as an omen.
Taking medicine on the first day of the Lunar Year means not only will you get ill, but it will last for the whole entire year.
Despite Chinese New Year following right after the holiday season of gift spending, all debts need to be settled in order to start the New Year with a clean slate. Otherwise your ancestors will be murmuring about the bad luck for the rest of the year!
According to ancient Chinese mythology, there was a man-eating, half-dragon-half lion monster named Nian, who would descend from the mountains and terrorize humans every year. However, the humans realized that Nian hated loud noises, so they decided to use firecrackers on the first day of the New Year to scare the beast away. Naturally, this practice evolved into a quintessential Lunar New Year celebration.
As much as we love our monochrome at Fashion Spree, black and white clothes are forbidden as both colours are traditionally associated with mourning and death.
Red is the way to go! It is considered a bright, happy and lucky colour and associated with wealth and prosperity.