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Five Unusual Chinese New Year Traditions for a Lucky Year Ahead

Chinese New Year brings a sense of celebration and enjoyment as it overflows with seasonal festivities with their loved ones. It’s also a time to observe traditions, customs, and beliefs that play an important part in the Lunar New Year (Visit Singapore 2020). It is believed that years ago, ancestors created customs that have since been passed down from generation to generation, and though these practices have slightly changed over time, there are many traditions and beliefs that remain a core part of today’s Chinese New Year culture in Singapore.

Here are five interesting traditions that just might play a part in bringing extra luck to you and your family in the year of the Ox.

Do Not Clean the House on the First Day of the New Year (Asia One 2020)

Mopping, sweeping, wiping and vacuuming; any action that involves the act of cleansing or cleaning is advised against on the first day of the new year as it is believed to be sweeping away the good fortune from your house. Also avoid taking out the trash as it is said to resemble throwing away your luck. Make sure all your spring cleaning is done well ahead of the new year!

Leave Your Doors and Windows Open on Day 1 (Asia One2020)

On the first day of Chinese New Year, don’t forget to leave open your windows and doors to let good fortune and prosperity find their way into your home. This is also believed to symbolise getting rid of the old in order to make way for the new at the beginning of Lunar New Year.

It’s Good Luck to Stay Up All Night (Time Out 2020)

Staying up late the evening before the start of Chinese New Year is thought to bring long life to one’s parents, so the later you stay awake, the longer they will live. Turning on all of the lights in the home throughout the night is also believed to welcome good luck and prosperity into the home, chasing away the bad luck of the past year.

Be Mindful of the Food You’re Serving (Asia One 2020)

Food symbolism is strong throughout the New Year, as different snacks and food symbolise different blessings. Some are based on their appearance, while others are based on folklore. Taking note of the meaning and symbolism behind the type of food you serve would be a good way to pepper more auspicious symbols of prosperity, abundance and fortune into your household. For example, fruits like tangerines, oranges, and pomelos, all round and golden in color, symbolise fullness and wealth and are believed to bring good luck and fortune.

Decorate your Home with Mystic Knots and Gold Coins (Asia One 2020)

The mystic knot is an infinity symbol made in a way that makes it seem to have no beginning or end. The continuous loops represent an unending cycle of favourable energy and good luck. Decorating one’s home with mystic knots paired with gold coins symbolises a long, happy life full of good fortune.

As you prepare to celebrate Chinese New Year, do keep in mind each of these symbolic measures to welcome an abundance of good luck and fortune for you and your loved ones as we usher in the Year of the Ox!

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