It’s Chinese New Year and to honour the Year of the Sheep, we’ve listed these traditional Chinese superstitions to make sure your year is filled with lucky travels. If following these beliefs makes you “sheepish”; remember they come from 4,000 years or wisdom (alright, maybe not the airplane references!)
1. Don’t leave the door on a 4.
Numerology plays a big role in Chinese customs. Avoid travelling on days with a number 4, the unluckiest number because translated, it sounds like “death.” 7 is also considered inauspicious. If you really want to be thorough, check the lunar calendar to see if it’s safe for your Chinese zodiac sign to travel that day.
2. Stop! Put down the mop!
Do not clean your house when you or a loved one takes a long journey. This translates to a path being cleaned and the traveller leaving no trace.
3. Before you zoom, same with the broom.
Speaking of cleaning, it is important to have the house completely clean before New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year. However, never clean on Chinese New Year’s Day as it signifies sweeping all of your good luck out of the house.
4. Wear red instead.
Don’t wear black on New Year or when travelling, it’s considered highly unlucky.Wear red, which is considered the luckiest colour.
5. Open a window.
Opening your windows is said to let good luck into your home. Don’t try the airplane window, though.
6. Look sharp!
Good thing airport security bans sharp objects in the cabin; knives, scissors and the like are not supposed to be used on Chinese New Year because they symbolize cutting of good fortune.
7. This one’s a little hairy.
Don’t wash your hair for the first few days of the New Year, in case your luck gets washed away as well.
Safe, happy and lucky travels! Gung Hei Fat Choi!
All around Canada, Chinese New Year is being celebrated, find cheap flights to Vancouver and Toronto for some of the biggest celebrations. Better yet, discover China, Hong Kong or Singapore during the Year of the Sheep!