The Chinese New Year (CNY) in London seems to be getting more and more impressive. This year is the year of the Rooster. Roosters are known to be active and noisy. You will have plenty of occasions to be both active and noisy because many websites out there have done a good job cataloguing what you can do during the festivities. You can simply visit: TimeOut, Visit London and others.
You are very lucky to be spoilt with so many choices. Speaking of luck… we thought we will actually cover that topic: what brings good luck and bad luck around and during the Chinese New Year of the Rooster?
So read below before you do anything that will damn you for the remainder of 2017…
Let’s start with the bad news…..
What brings bad luck during the Chinese New Year
There are different things that people should avoid doing during the first day of the Chinese New Year.
Do not take medicine
It is believed that if you take medicine on the first day of the lunar year, you will be ill for the whole year. Not something you want…
Don’t wash your clothes
You should not wash your clothes on the 1st and 2nd day of the CNY. Those days are celebrated as the birthday of Shuishen (the God of Water). You don’t want to start the year pissing of a God!
Don’t use knives and scissors
We guess that one is not just a CNY thing but you need to avoid using knives and scissors in order to not cause any accident. Because if you do, this will bring you bad luck and you will see your wealth evaporate in the coming year. Being cut and with no wealth… that doesn’t sound too great so don’t mess with the sharp tools.
Avoid… your married daughter
Married daughters are not welcome home during the first day of the CNY (they are welcome on the 2nd day though). They bring bad luck to their parents and economic difficulties to their family. That’s slightly harsh but got to do what you got to do so keep your married daughter at bay if you want to have a smooth year…
Don’t offer inappropriate gifts
This one is not just a CNY either. We would say that it’s pretty international.
Don’t offer someone the wrong gift. Otherwise, you might piss someone off or embarrass yourself. So your year and theirs will start on the wrong foot.
In relation to the CNY, an example of bad gift is the umbrella since it symbolises separation. Unless you want a couple you know to split up, don’t offer them an umbrella. We know in London this would be highly welcome considering the amount of rain. But if you want to follow the CNY tradition to the letter… don’t offer umbrellas!
Red envelopes are ok. Just not umbrellas!
Ok, so there are quite a few things that could make your year go wrong. But luckily, there are several others that will help ensure you spend a great year. Here are they…
What brings good luck during the Chinese New Year
Clean your home
Here’s one that your mum will be happy with… clean your home! By cleaning your home, you will make sure that all the bad spirits and energy are pushed away.
Decorate your doors and windows
You can create a positive vibe by decorating your doors and windows with red paper cuts containing positive words of happiness, good fortune and wealth.
Pay off your debts
Sounds like good advice! By paying off your debts, you show you want to do away the bad habits from the past. This is a great way to start the New Year on a positive note.
Eat these lucky foods during CNY
If you want some luck, you just need to eat. That doesn’t sound difficult and this is the kind of advice we like.
The foods you should eat (if you want to spend a great year and beyond) are:
- dumplings, spring rolls and the good fortune fruit: for wealth
- fish: for increased prosperity
- tangyuan (sweet rice balls): for family closeness
- niangao (glutinous rice cake): for a higher income or a higher position
- noodles: for longevity and happiness
We hope the Year of the Rooster will go well for you. If you are the superstitious type, you will be ok if you follow the simple advice we talked about. And don’t forget… don’t do anything bad in the year of the Rooster because if you do… the chickens will come home to roost.
Happy Chinese New Year! (新年快乐 – Xīnniánkuàilè)