15 Feb 3 Things You Need to Know for a Lucky Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year comes with a whole lot of superstitions which will apparently determine how the rest of the year will treat us.
Chinese have specific way of observing their traditions. Those who grew up in a Chinese household even dedicate over two weeks to Chinese New Year: the cleaning, cooking, decorating, and celebrating. There is a very meticulous way for things to be done — from the decor to the food, everything has its superstition.
2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog in the traditional Chinese calendar. Chinese astrology describes the canine symbol as independent, sincere, loyal, and decisive. The dog does accept difficulties and is considered responsible. Just like man’s best friend, the dog is loyal, clever, and brave.
But how does this actually relate to us personally? Many claim that there’s nothing wrong if we use these Chinese superstitions as our personal guide. I mean, I know a lot of successful Chinese when it comes to finance so they must be doing something right.
To maximise the celebration, I’ve consolidated 3 simple things you can actually apply and use to have yourself a “lucky” Chinese New Year.
Chinese people believe that there are bad spirits keeping us from having good luck. They actually start cleaning out their houses as early as a week before the Chinese New Year. Houses are cleaned to their entirety to sweep away bad luck and “inauspicious breaths,” according to History.com.
Take this to a whole new level by revamping the look of your home. Clean out your gutters or give your house a fresh coat of paint. Tidy up your lawn or consider remodeling your garden or even the interior of your living room or bedroom. Been wanting to touch up your kitchen? Now is the perfect time to do it.
Leave a paw print.
Being 2018 as the Year of the Earth Dog, adapt one of its qualities—leaving a paw print. Not taking it too literally, this means you have to keep track and monitor where your finance is going. Bills from the holidays are barking at the door or your emails, do you find yourself getting a headache because you actually lost track of your spendings? Be extra responsible this year before you literally pay for the consequences.
Give out ang pao.
Did you know that giving out ang pao (red envelopes with money) brings good luck to the receiver as well as the giver? This has been a trademark of the Chinese wherein there is an exchange of ang pao among family members. On a deeper sense, this is a reflection of giving back and sharing. After all the hard work in the past year, this is a symbol of sharing one’s blessings and a demonstration of unselfishness.
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