Today is the beginning of the new year, the year of the Monkey. Those born on the years 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016 can finally celebrate! And celebrate London will, with festivities lasting for 10 days, the largest predicted Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia.
Let’s immerse ourselves within the culture and learn about the different customs that follow a New Year:
- Washing your hair on the first day of the year is considered a bad omen, as the pronounciation for hair and wealth is the same.
- Doing laundry on the 1st or 2nd day is considered bad luck as Shuishen (the Water God) celebrates their birthday on those days.
- Lending or being lent money on the New Year isn’t a good sign, those who lend cannot collect on the first day, and those who borrow have to return the debt before the New Year. If this isn’t followed, bad luck is promised for the year.
- One must not take medicine on the first day, it is said that those who do, will be ill for a whole year.
- Actions that are deemed to be bad luck are: Sweeping the house (sweeping the wealth), wearing damaged clothing (bad luck for the year), being robbed (wealth depletion), using sharp objects (accidents with those objects mean unpromising prospects of good luck).
- Keeping your baby/ child happy will be pivitol on this day, as the cry of a child means bad luck to the family.
- Lack of food on the first day of the year is seen as a bad omen. That’s something we can help with.
Our recommendations for the most comfortable and delicious Chinese New Year:
A classic and solid choice, hosting an array of Chinese dishes from all parts. Cha Cha Moon is perfect for fussy eaters, traditionalists, and families.
What’s better than fresh, hand- made food? Nothing. When you feel the effort put into every dish, you’re happy. That’s what Noodle Oodle makes us feel, with fresh hand-pulled noodle, it’s a rare find.
Award-winning duck and dim sum, Min Jiang is the perfect way to reel in the New Year. With every dumpling tasted, a new look of life is born. No, we’re not exaggerating.
Authentic Chinese dishes and dim sum that are fit to bring in the New Year. Every plate is a taste of Asia.
A real gem from Chinatown, not to be missed. The flavours are vocal in every sense, sharp tangs, soft buns, a true balance of China.
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