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WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 40747 [post_author] => 5243 [post_date] => 2017-01-13 07:30:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-01-12 20:30:56 [post_content] => With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we thought it was high time we shared some of the more unusual customs and traditions that will make their way into many Asian households across the world as they celebrating the Lunar New Year, including the superstitions and taboos you shouldn’t ignore. Here are 10 bizarre Chinese New Year superstitions and taboos that still exist:

1. Don’t keep a rice jar empty

The staple food for Asian nations is rice as it symbolises fertility and a good harvest. An empty rice jar is something that indicates barren and starving days. Hence, rice jars are always filled to the brim before the New Year commences. Topping it up before New Year’s Eve is also a way to invoke the god of wealth and prosperity.

2. Never give a clock as a gift

The ticking hands of a clock symbolise that time is running out, so avoid giving watches, clocks or other timepieces as may symbolise the end of a relationship. Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos-clocks

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3. Stay away from needles and scissors

Avoid using a needle or scissors during the New Year period. These pointy objects are believed to deplete wealth if used in the first two weeks of the New Year. 10 Bizzare Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos That Still Exist

Image courtesy: Pixabay

4. Cats bring good luck

In the Japanese culture, welcoming a cat at the office or home is considered to bring fortune and success. That explains why you see lucky cat figurines and posters in restaurants and shops.

5. Don’t shake your legs

In Korea, it’s a bad omen to shake your legs as it symbolises shaking off all the good luck and wealth you’ve had in your life, or kicking away the good fortune to come – don’t ever jiggle your legs, especially during the Lunar New Year.

6. Don’t eat porridge for breakfast

Porridge was usually eaten when times were lean and there was a lack of grains or groceries at homes. Eating rice porridge on Chinese New year is believed to reflect a poor condition or poverty, so avoid it during this festive season. Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos - porridge

Image courtesy: Pixabay

7. Replace dead plants with fresh plants and seeds

Sow the seeds of hope into the pot of life and do away with those dead plants that are crowding your windowsills and garden. This replanting is symbolic of clearing the clutter and letting go of the past and starting anew with fresh hope of a new beginning. Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos - fresh plants

Image courtesy: Pixabay

8. Never buy shoes on New Year's Eve or Day

In Cantonese, the word for shoes is a homonym for "rough", so avoid buying shoes on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day as you could be slipping into to a rough year ahead.

9. Score the last piece of food

In Thai culture, it is believed that if you get the last piece of food on the plate when sharing the reunion dinner, will get you handsome boyfriend or good looking girlfriend. So, be bold and grab the last bite before it’s gone!

10. Wear, dream, and give red

Chinese New Year is a time when everything around you is dressed up in red. The warm colour is known to be a harbinger of luck and prosperity. So deck your house in red, wear red clothes and, of course, don’t forget to exchange red envelopes. Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos

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10 Bizarre Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos That Still Exist

With Chinese New Year just around the corner, we thought it was high time we shared some of the more unusual customs and traditions that will make their way into many Asian households across the world as they celebrating the Lunar New Year, including the superstitions and taboos you shouldn’t ignore. Here are 10 bizarre Chinese New Year superstitions and taboos that still exist:

1. Don’t keep a rice jar empty

The staple food for Asian nations is rice as it symbolises fertility and a good harvest. An empty rice jar is something that indicates barren and starving days. Hence, rice jars are always filled to the brim before the New Year commences. Topping it up before New Year’s Eve is also a way to invoke the god of wealth and prosperity.

2. Never give a clock as a gift

The ticking hands of a clock symbolise that time is running out, so avoid giving watches, clocks or other timepieces as may symbolise the end of a relationship.

Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos-clocks

Image courtesy: Pixabay

3. Stay away from needles and scissors

Avoid using a needle or scissors during the New Year period. These pointy objects are believed to deplete wealth if used in the first two weeks of the New Year.

10 Bizzare Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos That Still Exist

Image courtesy: Pixabay

4. Cats bring good luck

In the Japanese culture, welcoming a cat at the office or home is considered to bring fortune and success. That explains why you see lucky cat figurines and posters in restaurants and shops.

5. Don’t shake your legs

In Korea, it’s a bad omen to shake your legs as it symbolises shaking off all the good luck and wealth you’ve had in your life, or kicking away the good fortune to come – don’t ever jiggle your legs, especially during the Lunar New Year.

6. Don’t eat porridge for breakfast

Porridge was usually eaten when times were lean and there was a lack of grains or groceries at homes. Eating rice porridge on Chinese New year is believed to reflect a poor condition or poverty, so avoid it during this festive season.

Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos - porridge

Image courtesy: Pixabay

7. Replace dead plants with fresh plants and seeds

Sow the seeds of hope into the pot of life and do away with those dead plants that are crowding your windowsills and garden. This replanting is symbolic of clearing the clutter and letting go of the past and starting anew with fresh hope of a new beginning.

Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos - fresh plants

Image courtesy: Pixabay

8. Never buy shoes on New Year’s Eve or Day

In Cantonese, the word for shoes is a homonym for “rough”, so avoid buying shoes on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day as you could be slipping into to a rough year ahead.

9. Score the last piece of food

In Thai culture, it is believed that if you get the last piece of food on the plate when sharing the reunion dinner, will get you handsome boyfriend or good looking girlfriend. So, be bold and grab the last bite before it’s gone!

10. Wear, dream, and give red

Chinese New Year is a time when everything around you is dressed up in red. The warm colour is known to be a harbinger of luck and prosperity. So deck your house in red, wear red clothes and, of course, don’t forget to exchange red envelopes.

Chinese New Year Superstitions and Taboos

Image courtesy: Pixabay

Now that you’ve stocked up on good fortune, don’t forget to enter our Chinese New Year Competition and try your luck at winning a foodie trip to Thailand!

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