Chinese New Year is the most important celebration for Chinese people. We’re all familiar with the ‘spring cleaning’ that is always done before CNY begins. Removing any unnecessary clutter from the house and welcoming the new.
There are many more CNY taboos, both big and small, that have been around for the longest time. Now, let us give you a reminder of what to avoid to ensure you remain lucky throughout the year!
1. Do NOT Greet People Who Are Still Sleeping
If the other person you want to greet is asleep, do NOT greet them with CNY wishes. Otherwise, they may fall ill and constantly need to rest in bed for the entire year.
2. No Naps During The Day
The saying of no naps during the day is believed to persuade people to not be lazy. As such, it is said that taking a nap on the first day of the New Year will severely affect your career luck.
3. Avoid Waking Others
Be Careful! On the first day of CNY, do NOT wake others up by their FULL NAME. Otherwise, they will constantly be bothered about tasks/chores all year long.
4. No Washing Your Hair On The First Day
Washing your hair on New Year’s Day will wash away both your wealth and fortune.
5. Avoid Arguing, Cursing and Scolding Others
Even if it’s a child making a mistake, he/she can’t be scolded or blamed – otherwise this will bring bad luck to the new year. Adults often say “童言无忌” (Tóng Yán Wú Jì), “Take no offense to a child’s babbles” when a child says something wrong.
6. Do NOT Give An Odd Number Of Gifts
When a married daughter returns to her family for the New Year, the husband shall not offer an odd number of homecoming gifts. Odd numbers are perceived as unlucky, so the gifts brought by the son-in-law should always be in pairs.
7. Anything Related to Debts Is A Major NO
Whether it’s owing someone a debt, or collecting a debt from someone, both are taboos as both parties will end up having a bad and unhappy year ahead.
8. Avoid Cleaning The House
The belief is that every household is filled with blessings and wealth. If you mop, sweep, or take out the trash on the first day of CNY, the God of Wealth will be sent away.
9. Do NOT Break Objects
Place all your fragile objects, from cups to vases, to somewhere safer – especially if you have children or pets at home – because breaking objects will hurt your wealth. If something is broken by accident, wrap the object in red paper and silently recite the auspicious words “岁岁平安” (Suì Suì Píng Ān).