2020 is a year of the Rat, starting from January 25th, 2020 and lasting until February 11th, 2021. Every culture has its taboos and myths, Dos and Don'ts. I was fascinated by these 10 Dos and Don'ts of Chinese New Year.
The act of sweeping on this day is associated with sweeping wealth away. Taking out garbage symbolises dumping out the good luck or good fortune from the house.
2. Don't wash or cut your hair.
On the First day of New Year, leave your hair as it is. The Chinese character for hair is the same first character in the word for prosper. Therefore, it is seen as not a good thing to wash or cut one's fortune away at the beginning of the New Year.
3. Don't buy books
If you're a keen reader, you better to stock up on your books and magazines before the Lunar New Year, because it's bad luck to buy them during the 15-day Spring Festival.
The Chinese word for "book" sounds the same as the word for "lose", so, buying a book in the New Year is considered bringing bad luck in your home. Also, don't give books as gifts to anyone.