It’s the Year of the Ox in China, where the new year starts today. Check out some tips for having a wonderful new year!
Taboos: If you want happiness and luck in the new year, don’t do any of these things during the new year celebration or the Spring Festival that follows!
Breaking glass. It breaks your connection to happiness and success.
Cleaning and showering. Do this before the festival — you don’t want to wash away good luck.
Using sharp objects. They will cut your ties to prosperity.
Crying and fighting. Set the stage for the upcoming year with a peaceful and pleasant celebration.
What to Eat: The New Year’s Eve dinner is an important time to be with family.
Spring rolls. Celebrate the onset of spring.
Steamed fish. Fish symbolize wealth and plenty in traditional Chinese culture.
Hot pot. An ancient dish, favorited by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty.
Clothing: New clothes are bought as a symbolic shedding of the old and welcoming the new.
Never give shoes as a gift. The word for “shoes” is similar to the word for “evil.”
Go red — it’s the luckiest color.
Embroidered fish, birds, and trees are always in style.