Chinese New Year 2017 is coming up. For many people, Chinese New Year is a religious festival as well as a lot of fun. There are many taboos during the period of Lunar New Year in according to Chinese traditions and culture. Chinese people traditionally consider a special moment or action as a bad sign or fortune. We either call is superstition or taboos.
Some elder people still take them seriously. There is an old saying “To be safe than to be sorry”, it’s all up to you to believe it or not.
Here is a roundup of the taboos during the Chinese New Year, which will all on Feb 8th this year.
On 24th, Dec in Lunar calendar, is commonly called 小年xiǎo nián. People start to clean their houses to welcome the coming of the new year.
On 25th, Dec. in Lunar calendar, do not chase after debtor in Taiwan.
On 26th, Dec. in Lunar calendar, you should never give alms to someone else.
On 29th, Dec. in Lunar calendar, people will make steamed bread for ancestor worship.
New year’s Eve is commonly called “年三十”. “除夕”. It's the last day of the passing year. There are many traditions on this day.
This tradition is still taken seriously in some regions of China. Clean all your houses thoroughly before New Year’s Eve, no cleaning on the first day of New Year, no dumping garbage and water.
Married daughters should go back to their parents’ home with their hansband, so the day is commonly called "迎婿日yínɡ xù rì"，meaning”day of welcoming son-in-law”. Married daughters should go back to parents’ home with gifts and red envelopes, then distribute to the children in parents’home and enjoy a lunch meal, then go back to husbands’ home before super. People will take a family photo on this day. The presents should be in round number, no single number, with the symbolic of good things always come in double.
People will not pay a new year visit on Chu-san in old days, because it’s easy to get a quarrel fight on this day, but this tradition is disappearing nowadays.
The tradition is the worship the god of wealth on the fourth day in lunar calendar. In the past days, the boss would not invite the person to the worship if he wants to fire someone. Then the employee would get the meaning and leave without notification. People would stay at home on this day.
People will throw away all the rubbish collected during the new year’s day. The act of littering on this day is associated with pushing the poverty away. Dumplings are a common dish eaten today.
The sixth day of the New Year, it’s an opening day of shops and restaurants. A grand fireworks ceremony will be hosted.
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