HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!
THE MONKEY YEAR!
I love that we get to have 2 new years celebrations in the same year (if that makes sense in anyway).
As I was reading about my luck for this Monkey year, I am a RAT by the way, I found that to start the new year right , there are certain traditions to do or rather not to do like not wearing black and white on the first day of the year since they traditionally represent mourning nor damaged clothes; wearing threadbare duds can cause more bad luck for the year. or giving clocks, scissors, and pears as gifts since they all have a bad meaning in the Chinese culture.
If you like to keep your wealth then don’t sweep your house then your wealth will be swept away too. and don’t wash your hair on the first day of the lunar year. In the Chinese language, hair (发) has the same pronunciation and character as ‘fa’ in facai (发财), which means ’to become wealthy’. Therefore, it is seen as not a good thing to “wash one’s fortune away” at the beginning of the New Year. And finally don’t you even think of eating porridge for breakfast on the new year because it is considered that only poor people have porridge for breakfast, and people don’t want to start the year “poor” as this is a bad omen.
But it would be fun to welcome the new year by lighting off firecrackers and fireworks to scare off inauspicious spirits and Nian, the New Year monster.
If you like to know your luck for the new year according to the Chinese horoscopes: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/12144891/chinese-new-year-2016-year-of-the-monkey.html