Chinese New Year is just around the corner, falling on 5 February 2019 this year, to celebrate the year of the Pig.
If you are growing up in a Chinese household, you might see your parents and elderly busy with preparations (spring cleaning, cooking, decor and many more) to welcome this new year.
Though there is no concrete evidences that they’re effective, these traditions have been passed on through many generations and are still being followed.
There is always a reason or symbolism behind all this preparation, so let’s understand more about them
10 HUAT Ways to Get Lucky this Chinese New Year
1. Spring Cleaning
The Chinese believed that a overhaul spring cleaning of their house before New Year’s Day is necessary and any cleaning done on the New Year’s Day itself washes away good luck.
Doing so will remove the negative energy in the house that has been collected over the year and there is also an auspicious dates and procedure to follow for spring cleaning.
2. Adorn your home with decorations
After the spring cleaning, it is time to spruce your home with some good luck symbol decors., for example, the popular Fu character that is often seen hanging on doors or door upside down as in Chinese, it sound like “Good Fortune is Coming”. You can also get some spring couplets with auspicious wordings too.
Getting the lucky flowers to decor your house is also a must and there are meanings behind each flowers, so it depends on what you wish for.
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3. Wear Red or Bright Color / No Black Please
Red is always being considered as an auspicious color in the Chinese culture, and you’ll see it a tons of it during the period of the lunar New Year. Beside good luck, it is also a symbol of happiness, vitality, and longevity.
Do not try to wear black as you might get scolding or nagging from the elderly.
4. Practice of Giving Red Envelopes
Do you know that giving out Hong Bao (red envelopes – rememeber to put money inside) brings good luck to the person that receives as well as the one who give?
It is a common practice for the parents and grandparents to prepare some red packets to give away to their kids and grandkids. It is also a Chinese Tradition for those married couples (regardless your age) to give to the kids and also to cousins (even older than) who are still singles.
In short, just give your blessing and you will be blessed too.
5. No Showering on the First Day of the New Year
Eek! This is one of the oddest superstitions (I choose not to follow), especially not washing my hair on Chinese New Year. This superstition comes from a Chinese idiom that is “getting yourself into hot water,” or a bad situation. Will you follow it?
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6. Bank Deposit on Li Chun Day (立春)
This phenomenon is widely seen in Singapore in the past few years and on this day, you will notice that there are long queues at cash deposit machines or branches to deposit their money. According to some belief, it will bring you good wealth luck in the coming year if you do so. (But personally, i feel that you still need to put in effort and work hard to earn what you want), but no harm joining just for the fun.
7. Mandarin Oranges Bring Good Fortune
It is a common scene to see household to keep a bowl filled with mandarin oranges on the table and offer them to everyone that visit them during the New Year’s celebration. Mandarin oranges are a symbol of prosperity, good fortune and longevity.
8. Pay Your Bills / Money You Have Borrow
It is an auspicious sign to pay off all your bills/loans to start your new year afresh. (You might be surprised that the friends who has owe you money will contact you automatically just before the lunar new year to pay you back)
9. Feng Shui Your House with Flying Star Chart and Cures
Many people are starting to know about the 9 favourable and unfavourable directions in Feng Shui flying stars. In 2019, the 9 flying stars will fly to the new sectors of your home from February 4, 2019.
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10. Stay Positive
On the Chinese New Year’s Day , make sure that you spend quality time with your family and loved ones. Stay happy and positive, avoid any negative words/scolding/quarrel.
Thinking about this, it should be staying positive everyday to attract good things into your life, not only on this day, right?
Do you follow all these Chinese New Year traditions to get lucky? No harm trying, and you might get some good fortune!
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