When it comes to “pantang larangs” that are observed during Chinese New Year, some of us make sure that we do not cross any lines that could bring us bad luck (for the ENTIRE year!) while the rest of us are not too concerned with it. You may fall in the latter category, but we are sure that you do not want to risk offending your super “pantang” elders or you’ll never hear the end of it (it’ll be a longggg weekend for you this year!)
To prepare you for this auspicious occasion, here are five Chinese New Year do’s and don’ts you should follow if you want to get big ang paus from your favourite aunties and uncles.
- Don’t sweep your house on the first day of Chinese New Year day as you’ll sweep away all the good fortune too. If you’re itching to tidy up, check out all those shows you’ve been meaning to watch on your Netflix list in between the obligatory family visits.
- Apparently, washing your hair on the first day of Chinese New Year is taboo as you might end up washing away your fortune as well. It’s gross, we know. But did you know that some celebs believe that if you want beautiful locks, you should only wash your hair on alternate days? Guess, that’s how Veronica Lodge from Riverdale gets her luscious mane.
- DO NOT CRY! Trust us on this. Crying on an auspicious day is known to bring bad luck. Welcome the new year with positive vibes and laughter with our favourite local comedians Harith Iskander in – “I Told You So” or Kavin Jay in “Everybody Calm Down!”
- Even if monochrome is your favourite look, skip the black or white as they’re associated with funerals, and get your fashion inspiration from the GLOW ladies instead.
- Owe money, pay money. Now is the time to clear your debts, and start the new year with a clean slate. If you need some financial advice, watch Narcos find out how the big guns like to stash their cash.
Here is a fun video showing you the cast of the new series Altered Carbon playing around with Chinese New Year myths.