Lunar New Year Do’s and Don’ts. How You Start The Year

How you start the year¦
Chinese culture is rich in tradition. With the many superstitions and practises that need to be respected this Chinese New Year season, Important things you need to do to ensure your enter the Year of the Snake 2013 with blessings of good fortune.

Spring cleaning
Spring cleaning is a must before Chinese New Year as the Chinese are huge proponents of starting the year right in every single way – including a freshly cleaned home. Skipping the spring cleaning ritual or not doing it thoroughly means that the dust, dirt and grime from the previous year lingers around. This denotes harbouring negative elements from the previous year and bringing them with you into this year, thus not making way for good fortune to come in.

New clothes, shoes and haircut
Donning new clothes and shoes and a sporting a new haircut reflects a new beginning to the New Year. In this age of plenty, being able to afford new clothes and shoes isn’t the uphill struggle it may have once been, when families would save up all year round for the anticipated, nevertheless, being able to afford these new purchases still symbolises abundance and the capacity to afford whatever you need in the new year.

No cleaning
We’re not contradicting ourselves. Clean before Chinese New Year, but as soon as that dragon rolls around, cleaning is a big no-no. Traditionally that would mean not lifting a finger for 15 days, but these days it’s more common for Chinese households to refrain from picking up their dustpans, brooms and mops up until the third day of the new year.

No cursing
The Chinese believe that how you start the year is how you intend to go on. So if you’re angry on Chinese New Year, then bad fortune will befall you such that you to be angry for the rest of the year. And we don’t want that, do we?

The different days of Chinese New Year
The most important day of Chinese New Year is the eve of Chinese New Year! That’s the official day for the family reunion dinner, which is great because the ban on cleaning only comes into effect on the stroke of midnight. So get your dishes done before then. The ninth day of Chinese New Year (or rather at midnight on the eighth day of Chinese New Year) is when Hokkien Chinese celebrate the birthday of the Jade Emperor. For the Hokkien, the eighth night is just as important as the eve of Chinese New Year. The New Year season comes to an end on the 15th night of Chinese New Year, also known as Chap Goh Meh. Referred to sometimes as Chinese Valentine’s Day, single ladies will write their names and phone numbers on mandarin oranges and throw them into the river or lake. Single men go to the waterways to retrieve oranges and find their match. Today these matchmaking still becoming a popular topic among the young people.

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