are some of the dos and don’ts during Chinese or Lunar
New Year, passed down from grandmothers to mothers and
then daughters. Some superstitions are centuries old,
while some originated in this modern era.
Cleaning : Spring-cleaning
from the top to the bottom of the house is straightly to
be done before Lunar New Year’s Day. This is to sweep
away all traces of ill fortune. In fact, right after
reunion dinner on the New Year’s Eve, brooms, dustpans
and dusters of any sort are to be placed out of sight.
Good fortune instead, will be swept away if any sweeping
is done on the first New Year day.
the first day, cleaning is allowed. However, sweeping the
dust out of the house symbolizes dusting away wealth and
and sweeping the dirt out symbolizes losing a family
member. Therefore, cleaning is done inwards instead,
symbolizing that no wealth or family member will be lost.
Filth collected is to be carefully placed in a corner -
symbolizing accumulation of wealth and family harmony -
and not to be thrown out until the fifth day.
and Credit :
debts are to be settled before Lunar New Year. It is not a
good sign to be in debt on the New Year, as it symbolizes
one will be in debt for the rest of the year. Likewise,
one should not lend on this day, symbolizing one would
keep on lending for the rest of the year and as a result,
: The first sight and sound one encounters
on the first day of Lunar New Year are auspicious
indications as to the fortunes of the entire year.
Therefore, foul language, unpleasant topics and unlucky
words are to be refrained. The Chinese character four
is to be avoided because it is a homonym for another
Chinese character meaning ‘death’.
: The Chinese
means ‘hair’, and sounds like another character
meaning ‘to strike it rich’. Hence, washing hair on
the first day of the Lunar month is to be avoided for fear
of washing away the possibility of striking rich.
: The predominant
colour for Lunar New Year is red. It is believed that red
brings good fortune, happiness and fight off all evils.
Red attire represents a new beginning.
Things :If bowls,
glasses or any porcelain are broken into pieces,
one is supposed to quickly utter loudly sui
sui ping an. These Chinese characters mean ‘health,
peace and safety every year, as one gets older’. Sui
is a homonym for another word meaning ‘broken pieces’.
So, the unlucky act of breaking something is turned into a