5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Chinese New Year

Date:21-02-2014 11:40:08 read:4

Chinese New Year is an important day in the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also referred to as the spring festival. Chinese New Year is celebrated in several countries in the world, especially in countries with a significant Chinese population such as Mauritius, Mainland China, Macau, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Philippines. Here are 5 things you didn’t know about the Chinese New Year.

1. The Chinese believe that for the New Year it is customary that you wear everything new. It is important to celebrate the start of the lunar calendar with everything new.

2. The Chinese believe that one should get a new haircut done on New Year’s Eve. However, washing hair is not considered good on New Year’s Day. The Chinese believe that if you wash your hair on the Chinese New Year day, you will wash away all your luck.

3. It is believed to bring good luck, one must clean the house and spruce it up for the New Year. However, take care that you do not sweep your home on the first day of the year as you will be sweeping away all the good luck for the year!

4. There is a tradition of giving money in red envelopes to children by married adults. The money that is given has to be in even number and something not divisible by 4 because the number is associated with “death” in Chinese. You are also not supposed to look at the clock at 4:44. Most kids receive thousands of dollars on New Year’s Day.

5. On New Year’s Eve, people get together to have big meals together. This includes dumplings, fish and a specially made cake. On the day of the New Year, many people avoid eating meat, a practice that ensures long life.

The Chinese New Year marks the beginning of new life. It also marks the time when natives plough the land and sow new seeds. New Year festivities begin on the first day of the month and continue for two weeks. The first week is about visiting friends and relatives. Certain traditions are observed which are believed to bring good luck. The festivities conclude with the Lantern festival, which is celebrated on the 15th day of the month.

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