Chinese New Year (CNY) is a wonderful occasion for families to gather and reunite with each other. As a start of brand new year, everyone is hoping for a good fortune. However, did you know that everything you do is associated with luck and prosperity? Here are some Do’s and Don’ts that could help you prepare for a prosperous year ahead.
- Wear Black
According to Chinese beliefs, black is not favoured because it symbolises mourning. And the elderly usually prefer red because red represents prosperity and good fortune. But don’t worry, there are plenty of colours for you to choose from and each colour carries auspicious meanings too. For examples, green represents good health, yellow means good luck and white connotes purity and fulfilment.
- Eat Porridge
It is believed that eating porridge on the first day of CNY could bring poverty to the rest of the year. Lucky for me, I don’t like eating them either. Instead, starting the year with yee sang could bring you more fortune and abundance!
- Wash Hair
People typically don’t wash their hair on the first day of CNY because hair (fa) shares the same word as wealth (fa cai). So you’re literally washing your wealth away! Despite the odd custom, do practise good personal hygiene habits, such as washing and sanitising your hands to keep yourselves healthy through CNY.
- Carry-over Debt
Debts should be paid off before CNY because it is commonly believed that you will suffer from continuous debts for the rest of your life. It’s also unlucky to collect money from your debtors during CNY. So if you owe anyone money, be sure to return them before CNY as fast as you can!
- Sweep the floor
“Please don’t sweep the floor, dear!” Does this sound familiar to you? I have been warned by my parents before too. They wouldn’t allow me and my siblings to sweep the floor, especially on the first day of CNY because sweeping the floor is associated with sweeping the wealth away!
- Have Reunion Dinner
- Reunion dinner symbolises togetherness and a great start to the new year with the family. This is also the time where every family member, near or far, will return home to feast together and celebrate the joyous occasion.
- Eat Food That Bring Good Luck
Did you know the hidden auspicious meaning behind these dishes? Fish is one of the must-have dishes on the table because it sounds the same as ‘surplus’ in Mandarin. Whereas prawn sounds similar to laughter in Cantonese, which could mean a joyous year ahead. And as always, eat in moderation especially for those weight watchers 😉
- Staying Up Late On The Eve of CNY/ Shou Sui (守岁)
Shou sui is a CNY tradition where younger members of the family will stay awake throughout the night after reunion dinner as a blessing of longevity for the elderly.
In return, the elderly will give children ya sui qian (压岁钱) in the form of angpow. Ya sui qian is also known as lucky money, which literally means “suppressing age money.” It is merely a goodwill wish from the elderly to stop their children from getting older in age.
- Have A Tray Of Togetherness
As shared by the winner of our CNY social media contest, Kong Pak Seong, the tray of togetherness is something that his family will serve to visiting relatives to snack on, or as sweet gifts during CNY. This tray contains eight compartments, an auspicious number. Every ingredient carries different meanings as well. For example, candied melon for good health, kumquat for prosperity, lychee nuts for strong family ties and peanuts for longevity.
- Spring Clean
According to Chinese customs, spring cleaning can wash away bad luck and a clean house is ready to receive good fortune for the year ahead.
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