31.01.2022 – 16:35
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Hong Kong (ots)
Chinese New Year begins on February 1, 2022. To maximize their luck in the Year of the Tiger, many Hong Kongers are following the dos and don’ts for a prosperous New Year
In China and many other countries in East and Southeast Asia, the New Year festival is one of the most important holidays of the year and is determined by the Chinese lunar calendar. New Year’s Day usually falls on a new moon between January 21st and February 21st. The first day of the 16-day festival is traditionally spent with family in China and Hong Kong. The year of the tiger begins on February 1, 2022 with deeply rooted rituals that are supposed to bring luck and prosperity. The tiger is considered bold, energetic, competitive and strong. It is the third of the Chinese zodiac signs and follows the unpredictable year of the Ox.
No books and shoes – but a lot of fresh wind
In order not to stand in the way of happiness, a few things should be observed: Please do not keep any broken objects! Replace damaged dishes with new ones or at least store them out of sight. The same applies to sharp objects, because these are considered bad luck. Some Hong Kong residents even avoid haircuts on the holidays.
And while new “books” tend to be on the list of New Year’s resolutions in western countries, in the east the word is a homonym for “to lose.” The same applies to “shoes”, because the Cantonese pronunciation of the word resembles a sighing sound. For a successful start, it is better to stock up on new books and shoes – before the new year begins.
“Clean up your act” – declutter your life! The Chinese New Year is the perfect opportunity to declutter the old and bring in the new – timing is important here too. According to superstition, it must happen before the Chinese New Year. Otherwise all happiness will be swept away! Anyone who then opens the windows says goodbye to the old year with a traditional custom and welcomes the new one with a breath of fresh air!
The lucky color red
The color red is considered lucky in Chinese culture. The Nian, a mythical animal that according to legend terrorized the villages every moonlit evening, is said to have feared this color. Since then, many red decorations such as lanterns, fai chun, and firecrackers have been used to drive away the creature on Chinese New Year.
A particularly popular tradition is the red lucky packet. Before the holidays, many people exchange old banknotes for new ones in order to put them in the so-called Lai See – in red packets. Lai see are traditionally given to family, friends, children and employees to bring happiness, joy and fortune to those younger than oneself.
Tangerines and kumquats shimmer more orange than red, but they are considered true lucky charms in Chinese history. The healthy, round citrus fruits symbolize prosperity and wealth, so the Chinese New Year is a good time of year to stock up.
“Kung Hei Fat Choy”– Happy New Year wishes Dane Cheng, Director of the Hong Kong Tourism Board from Hong Kong
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