Monday, February 11, 2008

No Sweeping of Floor on CNY

Today is the 5th day of Lunar New Year. In this post I would like to talk about some taboos on Chinese New Year.

On the 1st day of Chinese New Year (CNY), the broom is kept away lest we use it. It is believed by the Chinese and I am one, that sweeping the floor on CNY is driving away cai or money. So most Chinese parents have to tolerate some rubbish on the floor on this day as it is a welcome sign of cai because rubbish equates wealth.

Another thing the Chinese won’t do on CNY is to speak unkind or unlucky words as they will bring bad luck for the current lunar year.

The Chinese will also shun food that will bring suffering because of the name attached to certain kinds of food such as bitter gourds, fried squids (as chow yau yu is its equivalent in Cantonese and it means get sacked from a job)


keeyit said...

yeah we practise that too

coolingstar9 said...

I wish you happy one whole year, may all good things come to you.