The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival, marks the turn of the Chinese lunisolar calendar. This much-celebrated occasion will fall on 25th January to 8th February 2020, about 15 days in total.
In the Philippines, Lunar New Year has long been recognised as one of the biggest and grandest holidays for both the Filipino Chinese community and the Filipinos, with the event largely regarded as a time when families reunite.
Did you know that you are actually not supposed to eat porridge on the first day of the festival? Here are some practices several Filipino Chinese still follow today:
No negative words
During this time, all words with negative connotations, such as death, sick, empty, pain, break, and kill, among others are said to be avoided. They shouldn’t be uttered during the Lunar New Year because it is believed to bring misfortunes onto you or your loved ones. Maintain a positive mindset to usher in good luck!