5 Chinese New Year Traditions You’ve Never Heard Before!

February 8th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year. 2016 being the Year of the Monkey is considered one of the luckiest.  For those of us living in Western Cultures, we often wonder “what does this mean for us?” “How are we affected by the Year of the Monkey?” “What about me me me?!”  So we decided to bring you 5 Chinese New Year Traditions you may not have heard of until now.

Wearing the Color Red

red panties

The Chinese typically wear the color red, which is considered lucky. It symbolizes wealth, because it is the color of the blood of your enemies whom you killed to maintain power.

Eating a Whole Dragon

dragon

Dragons are pretty big and fairly hard to come by these days let alone catch.  However, it is customary to eat one whole Dragon. One Dragon = 1 retweet. Lizards are acceptable but only get one Twitter heart.

Hanging a Chinese Character Upside Down

chinese character

“Upside down” in Chinese sounds a lot like “coming”.  Hanging a character upside down in your front window will save your first born thus avoiding the first of 4 plagues that are coming.

Finding the Number 4 and Burning It

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

Smoke rises from a house deliberately set on fire, days after part of the ground it was resting on collapsed into Lake Whitney, Texas June 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brandon Wade

The Number 4 is said to be very unlucky.  The Chinese prefer to start the New Year off right by finding this unlucky number and purging it of its evilness by burning whatever it’s associated with.  The house above was located at 444 Kings Place, Lake Whitney, TX (Lake Whitney is said to harbor the most ferocious Chinese).

Letting Your Hair Down

chinese hair

It’s time to just let that gorgeous, silky Asian hair down.  If you aren’t Asian, there will be a lot of them out there today.  Try using a pair of scissors to get a clump and tape it to the side of your Western locks.

Happy New Year!

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