Chinese New Year taboos to be avoided from Chor 1 to Chor 7!


The taboos on the first day of the New Year:

  1. Married daughters are not allowed to return to their maternal home
  2. Avoid eating porridge, meat dishes, and medication for breakfast
  3. Avoid calling the names of others to wake them up
  4. Do not visit relatives who are still sleeping
  5. Avoid eating medicine, or using sharp tools such as knives or forks
  6. Avoid using needle and thread
  7. Avoid splitting firewood with an ax
  8. Do not borrow money
  9. Take extra care in handling fragile household items (plate, bowl, wine glasses, or other fragile items), there was a belief that one would be unlucky throughout the year if any items break
  10. Do not take a nap in the day
  11. Avoid cleaning the drains, removing rubbish, and sweeping
  12. Try to prevent others taking things out of your pocket
  13. Do not collect debt from others
  14. Refrain from doing the laundry.
  15. Avoid swearing in front of the children, or fighting amongst each other. Nearby friends and relatives are encouraged to break up a fight if one were to break out


Taboos during the second day of Chinese New Year

Daughters should bring back sets of gifts in even number upon returning to their maternal home, as the saying goes ‘good things come in pairs’.


Taboos during the third day of Chinese New Year

The first day and the third day represents the beginning of the year. The taboos are similar to those from the first day.


Taboos during the fourth day of Chinese New Year

It was believed that the Kitchen God would be actively checking on household occupants. Thus, it is strongly advised against going out on this day.


Taboos in the fifth day of Chinese New Year

The folks coined the fifth day of the lunar month as ‘the broken five’ and avoided visiting relatives and friends. It is appropriate to clean the house and remove any rubbish to ‘send poorness out’. It is okay to eat dumplings, but avoid lotus roots, and avoid combing one’s hair on this day.


Taboos on the seventh day of the New Year

It is termed as ‘Everybody’s Day’, it is best to avoid doing any sewing and not punish anyone including disciplining your own children.


These taboos were passed down throughout the generations, each with their own unique reasoning behind the taboo. Among all these, which one do you still practice today?


Translated from: 年初一到年初七的各种禁忌!想要平安度过一年,就一定要避开这些禁忌哦!

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