The Chinese New Year wouldn't be the same without the ancient superstitions that go with it. Here are some to keep in mind while celebrating.
- TIP: According to tradition, if your heart is pure enough, you will able to see the goddess and the rabbit on the moon on New Year's Day.
- Step 1: Don't talk about the past on New Year's Day. Remember -- the day is about new beginnings, not what has already taken place.
- Step 2: Don't cut the noodles in your noodle bowl on New Year's Day. That way you'll be sure to have a long life and enjoy many more celebrations to come.
- FACT: Fireworks originated in China around 2,000 years ago.
- Step 3: Hang out a lantern in the shape of a rabbit. According to Chinese tradition, a female goddess took a rabbit with her when she jumped from the moon.
- Step 4: Clean your house before New Year's, but put all brooms, dusters, and other cleaning tools away on New Year's Day. After all, you wouldn't want to inadvertently sweep away good fortune would you?
- TIP: The Chinese New Year generally begins anywhere between the end of January and the middle of February.
- Step 5: Set off firecrackers to attract prosperity to your business on the fifth day of New Year's. According to ancient tradition, the gods of prosperity come down to earth on that day.
- Step 6: Include dragons. On the fifth day, you should have dancing dragons perform in front of your business. Dragons represent prosperity, good luck, and good fortune.
- Step 7: Look at a calendar. The Chinese New Year starts with the new moon on the first day of the first lunar month, and ends on the full moon 15 days later, which marks New Year's Day.