2021 is the Chinese New Year of the Ox. This year the festival will begin on February 11th and go on till February 26th. Chinese New Year is the most significant of all the Chinese holidays. Chinese people from all over the world unite together in their tradition. People born in the Year of the Ox are described as strong, reliable, conscientious, trustworthy and determined. They can be very opinionated and won’t take Bullshit from anyone.
Usually there are a lot of traditions, rules and regulations to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Here are some to take note of to ensure your 2021 is on track for health, success & happiness.
1 - Sweeping Floors
Sweeping and cleaning is usually prohibited during the Chinese New Year. It is said that when you clean, you will tend to sweep away all your luck. Hence, people usually do not clean their house even if it's dirty during the Chinese New Year. Some only restrict that to the first day of Chinese New Year. Even if you really have to sweep the house, then you sweep them to a corner and leave it there. Though it sounds a little superstitious, it is still the tradition that is practiced. Just relax and enjoy your celebration.
2 - Washing Hairs
In a similar vein to sweeping, it is known to most of the Chinese that when you wash your hair, you tend to wash away your luck as well. So, normally, they wash before the reunion dinner and keep it clean throughout the first day. Why not treat yourself to a salon trip before Chinese New Year.
3 - Create Good Air Ventilation Area
Keep in mind to always make sure you left your windows wide open to enable the breeze to circulate around the house as well as to bring in the luck together with the breeze. Usher in the New Year with a fresh air, and a fresh attitude.
4 - Repay Debt On Time
There is a belief that if you owe anyone money, it is best to repay everything before Chinese New Year. It is said that if you do not pay your debt, the debt will continue forever and it will be the same the next coming year.
5 - Wish and Pray
During Chinese New Year, everything must bring the meaning of opportunity & positivity. Be it the daily conversation or the words we use. Conversation about ghosts and death is said to bring negativity and must be avoided at all cost. It is best not to even mention the word 'four' in Chinese or Cantonese because it sounds similar to the word 'death'.
6 – Decorate your House
During Chinese New Year, the ornaments and decorations used are usually red as Chinese believe that red brings them luck and wealth. For the first two days especially, people tend to wear red or something that is bright in colour in order to reflect the mood of the festive celebration as well as to bring luck.
7 - Enjoy Dessert
To ensure you will have a sweeter year ahead, eat sweet foods and treats. That is why every Chinese household you visit, there is sure to be something sweet on the table
We hope this Chinese New Year
Article written with assistance from CNPong