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Today is the third day of the Chinese New Year!

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Do’s and Don’ts in the New Year

Below is a list of superstitions I found on about.com.


1. Dirty Doings


Put your feet up and relax. Certainly the most enjoyable of the Chinese New Year superstitions, sweeping and cleaning is strictly forbidden. The Chinese believe cleaning means you’ll sweep all of your good luck out the front door.


2. Time to Come Clean


Before you can enjoy number two, you need to give the house a full spring clean, before putting cleaning tools in the cupboard on New Year’s Eve.


3. Read Between the Lines


Be sure to stock up on reading materials before Chinese New Year, as Hong Kong’s bookshops will be padlocked tight. In Cantonese, book is a homonym for ‘lose’.


4. Choppy Waters


Make sure you avoid rough seas in the new year by not buying shoes over the holiday period. In Cantonese, shoes are a homonym for ‘rough’.


5. Balance the Books


If you’re in debt, it’s time to dip into your pockets and pay people off. The Chinese believe that if you start the new year in the red, you’ll finish it the same way.


6. Ghostly Conversations


Caught round a campfire over the holiday period? No ghost stories. Tales of death, dying and ghosts is considered supremely inauspicious, especially during Chinese New Year.


7. Lady in Red


Chinese New Year is packed with colors, and while all the colors of the rainbow bring good luck, it’s the color red that is considered the ultimate luck bringer.

Have a look at some sexy Chinese celebrities wearing red.

8. Sweet Year


Hong Kongers have a sweet touch at the best of times, but Chinese New Year offers the perfect chance to raid the sweet shop, as eating candies is said to deliver a sweeter year.


9. Feel the Breeze


Welcome in the New Year with a blast of fresh air, opening your windows is said to let in good luck.


10. Get to the Point


Sharp objects are said to be harbingers of bad luck, as their sharp points cut out your good luck, pack them away. You should also avoid the hairdressers or you’ll have your good luck chopped off.

 

Have a prosperous Chinese New Year!!!!

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