Happy Chinese New Year, and the year of the horse! Like most cultures, the Chinese have some very special new years customs. Based largely around luck and prosperity for the year ahead, here are our top 10 Chinese new year superstitions:
1 – Always ensure you have a tidy house before the new year as cleaning, sweeping and hovering are all forbidden. If you do clean, you'll sweep all the good luck away.
2 – No hair washing. This is bad luck as it’s seen as washing away your luck and fortune.
3 – No use of sharp objects like scissors – you'll cut your good luck away.
4 – No foul language or telling of ghost stories – it’s ‘inauspicious'.
5 – No matter how wild your party, don't take out your rubbish, you'll chuck out all the good luck!
6 – Wear red or bright coloured clothes as they'll bring good luck. Don’t wear black as it’s a sign of death and bad omen.
7 – Wear new clothes to bring in the new year. Good luck and a good excuse to buy new clothes!
8 – Eat sweets (usually traditional Chinese sweets) - they'll bring in a sweet year ahead.
9 – Whatever the weather, open all the windows in your house on new years day to let all the good luck in.
10 – Absolutely no crying – start the year as you mean to go on! If you cry on the first day of the year, it’s believed you will cry throughout the year.