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CHINESE NEW YEAR DO'S & DON'TS

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 6:59 am

CHINESE NEW YEAR DO'S & DON'TS"

TAKEN FROM YAHOO NEWS ARTICLE ON THE 17TH OF JANUARY 2012

Don't know much about the upcoming season? What about your knowledge of the holidays — is it getting a bit rusty? Avoid embarrassing or awkward situations with our quick round-up of Chinese New Year habits & customs.

Do … remove your shoes

When visiting a friend, remove your shoes at the entrance as you would in most Asian homes. Shoes may bring in dirt and dust. Remember that homeowners aren't allowed to sweep their houses on the first day of the festival — it's considered bad luck.

Do … bring a gift

It is customary to exchange a pair of mandarin oranges with your host, a gesture that wishes him or her an auspicious and prosperous New Year. This practice dates back to ancient China, where public officials, mandarins, will pass the delectable fruits around as gifts during the festive season. It was no coincidence the fruit matched their bright orange court robes. Hosts will also welcome any additional gifts of fruits, food & alcohol.

Do … give red packets

It is also customary for married individuals to distribute red packets to single unmarried individuals as a token. Prepare the red packets with crisp new notes, and make sure the sum is an even number — giving an odd sum is considered bad luck. You will not want to mess with a centuries-old tradition which predates to a small village in the Song Dynasty period. According to legend, a young orphan helped to slay a huge demon which was plaguing the village - and in gratitude, the village elders presented him a red envelop filled with money for his courage in saving them.

Do … say positive things

You want to start off on a good note. By only talking about pleasant things and wishing your friends & family well, you ensure a smooth & auspicious transition to the year ahead.

Do … wear red

It is the best colour to wear during this season not only because it is considered lucky, but because its vibrant hue is considered appropriate for festive celebrations.

Don't … wear black or white

Associated with death, these colours are considered unlucky & a fashion faux pas during the lunar festival.

Don't … finish everything on your plate

Most Chinese mothers want their children to finish up every grain of rice on their plate during mealtimes, the opposite holds true for reunion dinners. You should always leave some food- especially fish- on your plate, so that symbolically some of the money you've earned from the previous year will be carried over to the New Year.

Don't … cut your hair

By cutting your hair within the first 15 days of the New Year, you could be 'snipping' your wealth away.

Don't … handle books, pears or clocks

All these objects have negative connotations attached to them, so try not to touch or use them during the festive season. Try not to read books in the presence of mahjong players, serve pears to your friends & family, or prepare clocks as gifts during this period.

There are so many traditions and customs to follow during Chinese New Year, but do remember that it's a time to relax with your friends & family. The season is about being with them, after all.
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Post by teck21 » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:00 am

Do... Pay off all your debts within the next 3 days. Inauspicious to carry debt over to the new year.

Might have been sound advice a few hundred years ago. Good luck trying to pay off your mortgage now!

Don't...sweep the floor on New year's Day (or eve, or something).

You'll be sweeping away all your good luck. Not sure what the rules for vacuuming are though.

As for the distribution of ang pows, I guess some common sense should be applied in that there's really no need to give one to your relative/friend's unmarried 40-year old lady friend who happens to be there at the same time.

I have never heard anything about books, pears or clocks though, Or not having a hair cut.

Plenty of other things look like plain common sense to be applied whether or not it's the CNY.

Who on earth wrote that?

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:29 am

Don't know. Just credited where I got it from.... :wink:

There are some little errors in there as well. Especially the one regarding even numbers in red packets. $88 hong bao's are fine, but not $44 ones! :o
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Post by therat » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:48 am

Cantonese sound for the following number
4 is is similar to DIE
44 is equal to DIE DIE
74 is equal Go to DIE

Good number
168 - all the way wealth.
books, pears or clocks
Book in Chinese. sound like LOST. Bad when you are gambling, buying lottery
Share the pears in Chinese, sound like separated. BAD for couple. DIVORCE
Give Clock in Chinese, sound like you are attend other party funeral.

Number sound in Chinese
124 is equal you will stuff to DEATH by hungry

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Post by local lad » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:46 pm

I like the exchange of mandarin orange bit. In Cantonese, these orange is refered as KUM or gold. Being orange, which incidentally the color of gold, it more than referred as the 'gold' and the exchanging bit literally means wishing wealth to the host. In return, the host would wish the guest back by offering the same thing. Kind of saying getting wealth to all.

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Post by x9200 » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 1:08 pm

Interesting. Our LL who is Chinese and as kiasu and cheap as it gets suddenly after few months made a single attempt to fix one heavily overdue issue in our apartment. I am 90% confident it had something to do with CNY. The attempt was unsuccessful but I guess it was a part of the plan. Being superstitious still did not want to pay a few good $$$ for it.

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Post by aster » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 1:19 pm

therat wrote:Cantonese sound for the following number
4 is is similar to DIE
44 is equal to DIE DIE
74 is equal Go to DIE

Good number
168 - all the way wealth.
Just curious if people here apply similar logic to picking lotto numbers.

I mean if I selected numbers like 4,14,24 and some other "bad numbers" and omitted everything good like 8,18,28 then hitting the jackpot should greatly increase my chances of not having other winners to share it with?

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Post by zzm9980 » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 1:33 pm

therat wrote:Cantonese sound for the following number
4 is is similar to DIE
44 is equal to DIE DIE
74 is equal Go to DIE
Same with putonghua (Mandarin)

four = si4 (forth tone)
die = si3 (third tone)

Seven, a bit less so...
seven = qi1 (first tone)
go = qu4 (forth)

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Post by zzm9980 » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 1:34 pm

aster wrote:
therat wrote:Cantonese sound for the following number
4 is is similar to DIE
44 is equal to DIE DIE
74 is equal Go to DIE

Good number
168 - all the way wealth.
Just curious if people here apply similar logic to picking lotto numbers.

I mean if I selected numbers like 4,14,24 and some other "bad numbers" and omitted everything good like 8,18,28 then hitting the jackpot should greatly increase my chances of not having other winners to share it with?
If you don't like chinese neighbors, buy a unit on the forth floor or in blocks 40-49, or 400-499? :)

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Post by therat » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 1:35 pm

aster wrote:
therat wrote: Just curious if people here apply similar logic to picking lotto numbers.

I mean if I selected numbers like 4,14,24 and some other "bad numbers" and omitted everything good like 8,18,28 then hitting the jackpot should greatly increase my chances of not having other winners to share it with?
When buying lotto number.
There will be alot of factors.
Like your favour number, red number,
Master say.. this year, these number will good for this animal who born in these year.
Some even study ten year series to spot which number appear the most.
:D

depend which group they from?

For me, I just buy Q-pick.

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Post by therat » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 2:36 pm

zzm9980 wrote: If you don't like chinese neighbors, buy a unit on the forth floor or in blocks 40-49, or 400-499? :)
You can't find a block of HDB that don't have any Chinese family.

There is a HDB ownership race ratio quota for every HDB block.

Further more, for block number.. 400-499..is ok.
Normally will try to avoid Blk 444, #04-444
"4" all the way..

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Post by aster » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 4:52 pm

I find number-related superstitions to be a bit silly. But if you think about it, a lot of people will actually believe in it simply due to some random occurrence.

Take Friday 13th for example, same day as any other, there will be a similar number of accidents and bad things (medical, losing streak at casino, etc.) as any other day, but if something like that happens to someone on this day then they might start believing that it was all because of this special day...

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Post by aster » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 4:53 pm

I see that even Singapore Airlines has left out row 13 from most or all of its aircraft...

Row 44 is still there though. :)

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Post by nakatago » Thu, 19 Jan 2012 4:55 pm

aster wrote:I find number-related superstitions to be a bit silly. But if you think about it, a lot of people will actually believe in it simply due to some random occurrence.

Take Friday 13th for example, same day as any other, there will be a similar number of accidents and bad things (medical, losing streak at casino, etc.) as any other day, but if something like that happens to someone on this day then they might start believing that it was all because of this special day...
Well, Hardly Norman in Oz used this past Friday the 13th as a stocktake sale advertising gimmick.
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Post by Mi Amigo » Fri, 20 Jan 2012 2:34 pm

therat wrote:For me, I just buy Q-pick.
The only time I ever won something significant in a lotto was in the Georgia State lottery. Got 5 out of 6 numbers and the 6th was only 2 digits way from the $20M jackpot :mad:. Still a nice win nonetheless and all my tickets were always done as quick picks. I stopped doing lottos after that, on the basis of 'quit while you're ahead'.
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