10 Chinese New Year Do’s and Don’ts
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Chinese New Year undoubtedly marks one of
the most important times of the year for everyone. This widely celebrated
festival perfectly incorporates beautifully decorated surroundings (like fireworks
in Chinatown) and joyous activities in New Year markets into family gatherings,
dinners and appreciation for fresh new beginnings and opportunities.
However, it is also a time to remember
certain rules that are specific to the Chinese and understand the underlying
meanings behind what one should and should not do during this auspicious
period. Bringing good health, good fortune, success and prosperity into the
household plays a significant role in the celebrations and in planting a good
seed for the whole year. Luckily, there are many ways in which this could be
It can be a little tricky to memorise all
the rules to follow and taboos to avoid, especially in this day and age. At
Gift Flowers Singapore, we would like to shine a light on all this aspects and
develop a general guide to keep your mind at peace during Chinese New Year.
to do and what not to do during Chinese New Year
Getting a good grasp of how to interact
with other celebrators of Chinese New Year is key to enjoying the festival.
Here are 10 Do’s and 10 Don’ts to save you the awkwardness during Chinese New
Year family visits and to ensure that the celebrations go smoothly.
- Cleaning – Don’t sweep
or take out the rubbish on the day of Chinese New Year. The action indicates
getting rid of your good fortune. Instead, do clean the home in advance
in preparation for a brand-new year.
- Clothes – Don’t wear
black or white attire as they are traditionally associated with mourning.
Refrain from wearing damaged clothes also as they are believed to bring bad
luck. Do wear colourful clothing, especially red, which is considered a
lucky colour. New clothes are also a must to symbolise a new start.
- Laundry – Don’t do your
laundry on the first and second days of Chinese New Year to respect the Water
God. Do your laundry any day before or after.
- Hair hygiene – Don’t
wash your hair on the first day of Chinese New Year, as the Chinese word for
hair is similar to the word for “to become wealthy”. Do wash your hair
on other days to prevent draining away your wealth.
- Food – Don’t consume
porridge or meat for breakfast as it is a bad omen; traditionally, only poor
people eat such foods. Instead, do indulge yourselves in dumplings,
spring rolls, tang yuan, longevity noodles, nian gao, a variety of fruit and
fish. These symbolise health, wealth, happiness and togetherness.
- Dishes – Don’t break
dishes during Chinese New Year as it connotates bad luck. Do take extra
care when cleaning dishes.
- Use of tools – Don’t use
needles, scissors or knives. This is to prevent any accidents from occurring, a
symbol of another bad omen for the year. Do prepare efficiently so you
do not need to use tools during the celebration.
- Choice of words – Don’t
use unlucky words for fear they may come true. Do use Chinese New Year
greetings and wish people well when you meet them.
- Red pocket – Don’t give
lucky money in odd numbers as it is considered unlucky. Do give them in
- Gifts – Be mindful of the gifts
you give. Don’t give certain gifts such as clocks, sharp tools and pears
due to their negative meanings in Chinese culture. Do offer stunning New
Year flowers and gourmet for everyone to enjoy.