Posted on February 08 2016
Today we welcome the start of the 2016 Chinese New Year.
This Chinese celebration bids farewell to winter and the year that has past and rings in the start of spring and the brand new year.
Each Chinese New Year is also characterized by one of 12 animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac. Today we welcome the start of the Year of the Monkey.
People born in the Year of the Monkey are characterized as: lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. But the Year of the Monkey is also believed to be one of the most unlucky years in the Chinese calendar.
Chinese culture is very superstitious, so there is a number of things that you should avoid doing at the start of the new year. Things to avoid include:
New Year's Breakfast: Porridge should not be eaten. It is considered food for the poor and people don't want to start the year “poor” as this is a bad omen.
Sharp Objects: The use of knives and scissors is to be avoided as any accident is thought to lead to unfortunate things and the depletion of wealth.
The Broom: If you sweep on this day then your wealth will be swept away too.
Don't Wear: Don't wear white or black, as those are traditional colors of mourning.
Bring Harm or Illness: Don't take medicine or break any household objects over the holiday. Illness or harm done during the festive season are believed to cast negativity on the year ahead.
Don't Beg: Don't beg in any way. Bad habits forged in the New Year set the tone for the entire year.
Instead, you should try to do the following to ensure you start Chinese New Year with good luck:
Be Cautious: Look out if you're a monkey. According to Chinese philosophy, those born with the same zodiac sign as the year's designated animal are going to have a particularly difficult year.
Decorate: Make sure to hang red lanterns around your home for good luck.
Visit Family and Friends: Start Chinese New Year off on the right foot by celebrating with friends and family.
Wear This: The Yo Sox team also recommends wearing a pair of awesome monkey themed Yo Sox for extra added luck during the holiday! Yo Sox has monkey knee-highs and crew socks available online.