In the Year of the Dragon 2024, starting on Saturday, February 10, superstitions loom large on what not to do or else risk bad omens.
One of the most prominent taboos is the avoidance of sweeping and cleaning on the first day of the festival, as it is believed that doing so may sweep away good luck and prosperity.
As such, any cleaning within the home is typically done before the Chinese New Year so that there is a fresh start for Saturday.
Another important taboo during the beginning of the New Year is the avoidance of negative words or conversations, as pointed out by Chinese New Year Net.
People refrain from discussing topics such as death, sickness, or financial losses, as they are believed to bring bad luck and misfortune.
Instead, the focus is on positive and auspicious topics that symbolise prosperity and happiness for the new year ahead.
This emphasis on positivity extends to avoiding arguments or conflicts during the festival, as it is believed that doing so may lead to discord and negativity throughout the next 12 months.
So if you have any disagreements you want to hash out, then now is not the ideal time to do so; instead, leave it until the new week.
The use of scissors, knives or other sharp objects is forbidden as doing so could “cut your stream of wealth or success”.
This is why cutting any type of hair is completely taboo until the festivities are over.
It’s also advisable to be extra careful around the home as breaking ceramics or glass will break your connection to prosperity and misfortune.
Experts at Chinese New Year Net said: “If a plate or bowl is dropped, immediately wrap it with red paper while murmuring auspicious phrases.”
You will need to ask for “peace and security” while picking up the broken pieces of broken shards, which should later be discarded.
Traditionally, at Chinese New Year, families bring gifts when visiting others, but there are presents you must not give.
Examples include a clock, which signifies paying your last respects to the receiver of the gift, or splitting pears which could represent a familial separation.
While you may not personally celebrate Chinese New Year, it might be worth remembering how to enhance your good luck if you are the least bit superstitious.