The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival and Lunar New Year. It is a time to “Welcome” the New Year with smiles and celebrations in order to have Good Fortune, happiness, a good harvest and all the Blessings a person desires in their life. Here are some rules and restrictions that have been observed through the centuries.
TABOOS on NEW YEAR’S DAY
- Do not say negative words (death, sick, pain, poor, break, kill, ghost, empty) – you don’t want to jinx yourself or bring misfortunes to you or loved ones
- Do not break ceramics of glass – Breaking things breaks your connection to prosperity
- Do not sweep or clean – (mentioned above)
- Do not wash your hair – That is washing away your Good Luck
- Do not use sharp objects like scissors or knives – It will cut your stream of wealth and success
- Do not borrow money on this day – Do not ask for a debt to be repaid on this day
- No fighting or crying as adults – If a child cries, do not scold them
- Avoid medicines, doctor’s, shots or surgery unless it is a serious medical issue or emergency
- Do not wake up a person – Let them arise at their own pace/speed
WEAR A NEW OUTFIT – or at least one new item of clothing
Greet the New Year with a new outfit for a new, fresh outlook on life! In China it would be a traditional Asian-styled dress for women. These days it can be a new shirt or blouse, pants, shoes or even just some new socks. Bright, glittery, sparkling jewelry or ornamental hair-ware are also some of the possibilities.
ACTIVITIES for CHINESE NEW YEAR DAY
As I mentioned before, it is said that whatever you do on the first day of the Chinese New Year is what you will be doing ALL YEAR LONG! So what do you want to do, or NOT do? Do you want to be driving in Rush Hour traffic and spending 14-16 hours at work all year long? Probably not!
Think of all the things you’d like to do this coming year. Make a list. This is the time to set your intentions.