Friday, 30 January 2009

10 Things You Should Never Do At Chinese New Year

The Top 10.


Buying books is bad luck because the character for “book” (書/书) is a homonym to the character for “lose” (輸/输).


Offering anything in fours, as the number four (四), pronounced sì, can sound like “death” (死) in Chinese.


Buying a pair of shoes is considered bad luck. The character for “shoe” (鞋) is a homophone for the character 諧/谐, which means “rough” in Cantonese; in Mandarin it is also a homophone for the character for “evil” (邪).


Getting a hair-cut in the first lunar month puts a curse on maternal uncles. Therefore, people get a hair-cut before the New Year’s Eve.


Washing your hair is also considered to be washing away one’s own luck


Sweeping the floor is usually forbidden on the first day, as it will sweep away the good fortune and luck for the new year.


Saying words like “finished” and “gone” is inauspicious on the New Year, so sometimes people would avoid these words by saying “I have eaten my meal so that it disappeared” rather than say “I have finished my meal.”


Talking about death is inappropriate for the first few days of Chinese New Year, as it is considered inauspicious.


Avoid clothes in black and white, as black is a symbol of bad luck, and white is a traditional Chinese funeral colour.


Foul language is inappropriate during the Chinese New Year.

the above information was lifted off the blog of AngryAngMo at:

He has a lot of interesting information on living in Singapore and on Singapore in general.

1 comment:

AngryAngMoh said...

Hey Leon,

i was happy to see you could use some information from my blog! I hope you enjoy the reading!!

Many greetings