February 8, 2019
Chinese New Year Taboos
Chinese New Year is the most important holiday for Chinese culture. The holiday is longer and the list of taboos is quite long too. How much do you know about these taboos? The most common one is not on third day of new year not to visit friends and relatives. Supposedly this is the day you are more likely get to into arguments. Or there is the one where you cannot say unlucky things such as death, sick, lose during the new years. But there are many more that younger people might just have question marks around.
Do not wash your hair on first day of new year
In Chinese the words hair and rich have the same pronunciation so there is saying that washing your hair will wash away your wealth luck. Some families enforce the rule that you cannot wash your hair on the first day as the words wash and death also sound similar to each other.
Reality: how can you I go out with my messy hair that is not washed?
Do not sweep the floor or throw away trash on first day of new year
The traditional belief is that sweeping and throwing your trash away will remove all your luck and send away the god of wealth too. So the cleaning has to happen the night before or the day after.
Reality: Use a vaccum to clean the floor so you do not need to sweep
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