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Chinese People regard their right practice during Chinese New Year as an omen of luck for the coming year. Not only observing the festival by adhering to ancient rules, they would also try to avoid violating various taboos.

Some of those Chinese New Year taboos will only sustain for first few days of the festival, while others may be kept till the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, or even for a whole month. Hereunder are 16 things you should never do during the Chinese New Year.

 

 

 

 

Taboo Words during Chinese New Year

Taboo Words:

The first thing you should pay attention to is your words. Words with negative meaning should be avoided in daily conversation, such as breaking, running out, death, ghost, killing, sickness, pain, losing, and poverty. All these words should be replaced by euphemisms during the whole of Spring Festival.

Taking Medicine or Going to Hospital

Taking Medicine or Going to Hospital:

People should not take medicines, or see the doctor till the Lantern Festival; otherwise they may suffer from disease all the year round, and barely gain recovery. Although it is considered a practice of Chinese New Year superstitions, it is better to observe this tradition if you are not badly ill.

Breaking Something

Breaking:

Never break a bowl, plate, glass, vase, or mirror, because breaking may result in money loss and family split in the future. If shattering one unheedingly, the fragments should be collected and wrapped by a red paper or cloth, and then littered on the fifth day of the New Year. Another remedy is to say, “Sui Sui Ping An,” which means safe and sound every year. The pronunciation of Chinese character Year (岁 Sui) and Broken (碎 Sui) are the same, so people use the homophones to expel bad luck.

Washing Clothes

Washing Clothes:

The first two days of the Chinese New Year are considered the birthday of the Water God. So, if you wash clothes during these two days, the god will be offended.

Sweeping

Sweeping and Dumping:

On the 1st day of the 1st lunar month, there is a Chinese New Year taboo on sweeping the house and dumping the trash. Otherwise, all the savings and valuables will be swept away. If it is really necessary, the house owner should start the sweeping from outside to inside of the house, which intimates collecting money. Besides, pouring water outside should also be avoided, as flowing water indicates movement of money; in this case, money leaving the home.

Crying

Crying:

It is believed that the cry of children forebodes disease and misfortune, which may bring bad luck to the whole family. Therefore, to avoid children’s crying during the festival, parents should not punish their kids, even if they make mistakes or are naughty.

Lending and Borrowing

Lending and Borrowing:

Do not lend or borrow anything on the first day of lunar January, especially money. Lending money is an unlucky omen, which means economical loss, so people should not offend friends or neighbors by borrowing something from them. Asking for return of debts owed is also a Chinese New Year taboo.

Married Daughter Returning Home

Married Daughter Returning Home:

If a woman gets married and lives apart with her husband’s parents, she cannot visit her own parents on the first day of the New Year. Daughters are viewed as outsiders after they get married. If they return home on the first day, their parents would be stricken by poverty. Sometimes, parents live together with sons, and therefore the bad luck would also goes to women’s brothers.

Needle Work

Needle Work:

In some Chinese New Year superstitions, women are not expected to do needle work during the festival, which may give rise to unnecessary squabbles and quarrels with family members or neighbors. Making shoes is also a definite don’t, for that may bring evil home.

Using Scissors

Using Scissors:

Just like doing needlework, using scissors is also an omen for possible quarrels with others. If you want to go through the year peacefully, it is a big ‘NO’ to use the scissors during the first lunar month.

Getting a Haircut

Getting a Haircut:

People should not get their hair cut during the first lunar month, for it indicates the death of their uncle (mother’s brother), and of course it is a thing you should never do during the Chinese New Year. Although it sounds absurd, people are glad to abide by this tradition.

Porridge

Porridge as Breakfast:

Porridge is a taboo for breakfast on the first day’s morning. In the past, poor people could only afford rice porridge, so porridge reflects a down and out life. People usually eat dumplings as the first meal of the New Year.

Empty Rice BarrelEmpty Rice Barrel:

The rice jar indicates people’s living standards. If it gets empty, there may be some days of starvation waiting for them in the near future. So filling the rice jar to the brim before the New Year’s Eve, is a means to attract a healthy financial situation.

Wakening Up Call

Wakening Up Call:

People should not awaken others who are asleep on the first day of Spring Festival; otherwise, the one wakened up would be urged to do their work all the year around, exhausted and nervous.

Taking Afternoon NapTaking Afternoon Nap:

It is believed that people would become lazy all the year around if they take an afternoon nap on the first day of the Spring Festival. Besides, when there are visitors on that day, it is impolite if the host is sleeping.
Dressing in Black

Dressing in Rags or Wearing in Black and White:

Wearing new clothes means a brand new start, so ragged or dirty dressing symbolizes poverty and misfortune, and should be avoided. Besides, dressing in black and white is only applicable to woefully dour occasions like funerals and mourning ceremonies. Therefore, it is inappropriate to wear black or white clothes during the festival.

ALGUNS TABUS DO ANO NOVO CHINES

Pelo que se pode observar nem o comunismo e nem a chamada revolução cultural de Mao Tse Tung foram capazes de abalar os mitos, as superstições e os tabus da milenar cultura chinesa

Como no ocidente temos algumas ações que julgamos que não devemos fazer ao iniciar o ano, as superstições são muito mais arraigadas entre os orientais. Alguns tabus do ano novo chinês só são válidos para os primeiros dias do festival enquanto outros valem até o Festival das lanternas no 15* dia da primeira lunação.

Há muitas coisas que você não deveria fazer durante todo o ano. Palavras tabus: Evitar palavras negativas como quebrar, fugir, morte, fantasma, assassinato, doença, dor. Perda e pobreza. Todas estas palavras devem ser substituídas por eufemismo durante todo o

 QUEBRAR OBJETOS

Quebrar objetos como pratos, vidros vasos, espelhos, resultaria em perda financeira. Se quebrar, os cacos deverão ser embrulhados em um papel ou roupa vermelha e então levados ao lixo no quinto dia do ano novo. Outra forma de remediar seria pronunciar Sui Sui Ping  que significa  som de segurança para expulsar a má sorte.

CHORAR 

O choro das crianças traria má sorte para toda família. Entretanto para evitar que as crianças chorem durante o festival elas não devem ser punidas mesmo se tiverem sido malcriadas.

LAVAR ROUPAS

Nos dois primeiros dias do calendário chinês são considerados o aniversário do deus da água se você lavar roupas durante esses dois dias o deus se sentirá ofendido.

TOMAR REMÉDIOS

Representa ficar doente o ano inteiro.

PEGAR EMPRESTADO OU EMPRESTAR

Pode levar a perda financeira por isso não se deve ofender amigos ou vizinhos pedindo emprestado algo. Pedir a devolução de débitos também é um tabu no ano novo chinês que deve ser evitado.

LAVAR O CABELO

Perder  a saúde

VARRER A CASA

  1. Varreria a boa sorte. No primeiro dia do primeiro mês lunar se varrer vai varrer os bens da família. Se for realmente necessário o dono da casa deverá varrer de fora para dentro que significa juntar dinheiro

FILHA CASADA VISITAR O LAR PATERNO

Uma filha casada não pode visitar os pais no primeiro dia ano novo. Filhas são vistas como pessoas de fora.Se retornarem ao lar no primeiro dia do ano seus pais  serão atingidos pela pobreza. Algumas vezes os pais vivem junto com filhos e entretanto a má sorte atingiria aos irmãos da mulher.

USAR TESOURA

Provoca o desentendimento  com as pessoas e costurar ou bordar aumentaria as desavenças com membros da família e com vizinhos

COSTURAR SAPATOS

Atrai coisas ruins.

COMER MINGAU

Leva a  pobreza. No passado os pobres podiam somente ter acesso à mingau de arroz, assim mingau reflete pobreza. As pessoas geralmente comem sonhos ou bolinhos salgados como primeira refeição do ano novo.

CORTAR O CABELO

Durante o primeiro mês lunar não se deve cortar o cabelo porque pode resultar na morte de seu tio irmão da mãe. Embora soe absurdo as pessoas se sentem felizes por acatar essa tradição.

MANTER VAZILHAS DE ARROZ CHEIAS

Se estiverem vazias poderá haver privação em futuro próximo. Assim manter cheia de arroz indica atrair riqueza e boa situação financeira.

CHAMAR AS PESSOAS PARA ACORDAR

Se fizer isso no primeiro dia do festival a pessoa que for acordada passará o ano inteiro exausta e nervosa.

TIRAR UMA SONECA À TARDE NO PRIMEIRO DIA DO ANO

A pessoa se tornaria  o ano inteiro preguiçosa. Além disso poderá ter visitas neste dia e seria deseducado estar dormindo à tarde.

VESTIR TRAPOS OU USAR PRETO E BRANCO

Usar novas roupas significa um novo começo assim, vestido rasgado ou sujo significa pobreza e falta de sorte e deverá se evitado. Além disso usar preto e branco é somente aplicável em funerais e velórios.

BY TRAVEL CHINA GUIDE