8 Do’s and Don’ts for Chinese New Year

It’s the Chinese New Year and here are 8 do’s and don’ts for Chinese New Year to consider for this 2018 Year of the Dog.

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Spring clean your office and home before Chinese New Year.  This removes the bad luck of last year by removing old negative chi to let new positive chi flow into your home Sweep the floor, wash clothes or dispose of garbage on day 1.  This will sweep or wash away your luck and cast your riches out the door8 Do's and Don'ts for Chinese New Year
 Wish Auspicious Greetings.  Greet your Chinese friends with a hearty Gong Xi Fa Cai which means wishing you prosperity and fortune  Swear, Quarrel or Cry. You could end up crying or having arguments throughout the year! Unlucky words like “death” or “sickness” are also a strict no-no
 Wear new clothes in red.  New clothes signifies a fresh start for the new year, and red is believed to drive away bad fortune and bring good luck

8 Do's and Don'ts for Chinese New Year

 Wear all black or white. These are the traditional colors of mourning colors for Chinese and is a big taboo and cultural faux pas.
 Eat lots of auspicious foods. Eat your way to a lucky new year with mandarin oranges for prosperity dumplings for wealth, uncut noodles for longevity, and whole fish for abundance of luck  Eat Congee/Porridge on Day 1.  This is considered a poor man’s food and could bring you poverty all year
 Have a wallet full of cash. The more money you have in your wallet, the wealthier you will be in the New Year  Borrow or lend money. You could end up doing so all year round, and could lead to debts in the new year.

8 Do's and Don'ts for Chinese New Year

 Stay up late on Chinese New Year. Known as Shou Sui which translates to keep watch over the year.  This is believed to bring longevity to your parents – the later you stay up the longer your parents will live!  Take an afternoon nap on Day 1.  You could become lazy all year around if you do so. This could dampen your career luck as well so stay awake and be productive!
 Give gifts in sets of two, six or eight. Chinese believe all good things come in pairs. The number 6 sounds like the word for flow and 8 resembles the Chinese word for prosper

8 Do's and Don'ts for Chinese New Year

 Give gifts in sets of four.  The number four sounds similar to death.
 Offer Mandarin Oranges as gifts to visitors or when visiting.  They represent prosperity and good fortune  Offer pears as gifts. The Chinese word for pear sounds similar to “to part from” so giving pears could mean a separation in the future

8 Do’s and Don’ts for Chinese New Year

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