Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chinese Superstitions

China is one of the oldest country in the word. It has over 4000 years of history and culture. During these time, many old myth and belief was passed down. Many of these myth and belief has integrated into daily life of the Chinese people. It has became part of the Chinese culture. Many Chinese choose to believe these myth even thought many foreigner believe it's just superstition. There was an old saying in China. "It's better to believe something exist then it dose not." As many company are going global and are doing business in China. It's very important to know some of belief Chinese believe in.

Here is a list of some popular Chinese belief and superstitions.
  • when giving gift in china, never give a clock. giving a clock to someone mean that you want that person to die soon.
  • when cleaning, never sweep other person's foot with broom. it means that all the bad luck will be sweep to a person's life.
  • if one has a dream of teeth or snow, it indicates that his parents are dead.
  • having a house facing the North would bring in ruin to the family. (check my fengshui post)
  • if one marries a person who is either three or six years older or younger is bad and it will bring bad luck to the couples. (and the women can't never be older than the man)
  • clipping toe-nails or finger-nails at night would bring ghosts to that place.
  • if one points at the moon with one’s finger it will make one’s ear tips fall off.
  • the number 8 is a lucky number. if look at all the Chinese restaurant number, you will see all of them have some sort of 8. often people pay big sum of money, to have 8 in their phone number, plate.
  • the number 4 is considered as unlucky. Hence this number is unacceptable for vehicles and car. It is because the number 4 in Chinese has the pronunciation similar to the word ‘death’.
  • the Chinese do not sweep during the New Years because if one does so he will sweep away all tgood fortune. Hence the sweeping on the New Year is to be done the day previous.

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