Chinese New Year is around the corner! Time for that 红包 (ang pow) and tonnes and tonnes of food! I know, you’re mouth’s watering just thinking of the reunion dinner. But, a big part of the celebrations of Chinese New Year is also the amount of Pantang-larang that have been passed down generation after generation. Remembering all of them may sometimes be daunting and accidentally not following them could result in the wrath of mother, or worse, 婆婆 (Grandmother). Perhaps more daunting is the prospect of one of those missteps haunting you for the rest of the year. I mean, why will bad luck follow me for a year for sweeping the floor! *sob*
Well, hopefully you didn’t forget to keep your Netflix account active. They’ve got 5 do’s and don’ts that may keep you busy enough to make sure that you don’t go breaking the pantangs. Remember to help out here and there and you’ll be the Golden Boy or Girl this year of the Earth Dog.
- Like I said before, one of the biggest taboos for Chinese New Year is the sweeping the floors; some families go as far as not allowing the vacuum. Worst part is when the cat is in on the pantang. I mean, it should technically suck in all the luck right!? But if you really need to tidy something up, it might be time to check out that Netflix binge list that you’ve been sitting on. Sneak and episode or two in between those visits and you’ll that list shrink faster than you can say 恭喜发财 (gong xi fa cai)! Don’t forget, you can even take your Netflix shows on the go with you with the download feature in the app!
- While that sing-a-long in the shower may be calling your name, it seems like you’ll be putting that on hold for the Chinese New Year. Yep! You guessed it, washing your hair can wash away your luck for the year. Well, dry shampoo is a thing to consider, you don’t want to get the wrath of your elders for having clean smelling hair. So gross, I know. So, why not follow some fashion advice from Riverdale‘s Veronica Lodge and skip a wash day. Maybe even catch that episode of Riverdale you’ve been meaning to watch. I’m pretty sure your locks will still be as lucious as you remember.
- You can’t sweep, you can’t wash your hair; what else you ask? Well, apparently you can’t even cry. Yep! You guessed it! Crying will simply wash away your luck. Good lord! This luck thing is being worse than a temperamental cat! Well, there’s tonnes of comedies on Netflix that you can laugh your heart out at. You can go with local comedy gurus Harith Iskander with his “I told you so” special or Kavin Jay in “Everybody Calm Down!”. If going local is too passe for you, you can even go international with Russel Peter’s “Almost Famous” or Kevin Hart’s “Seriously Funny”. But remember you need to make sure you laugh just enough… no tears!
- Remember, we need to dress festive and in bright colours for Chinese New Year; preferably in Red. Getting out fit ideas can be a little bit of a headache. One of the biggest no-nos for the new year is wearing black or white which is commonly associated with funerals. Why not get some fabulous ideas from the GLOW girls or maybe a little more from the ladies in Orange is the New Black. I mean, it’s in the title!
- The new year shouldn’t be kicked off with debts. Maybe it’s time to get some advice from our friendly neighbourhood crime lord over at Narcos on how to make the most of the situation and maybe turn a little profit.
Well, since we’ve got most of the Pantangs out of the way, what could be more fun than to watch the cast of Netflix’s new hit series Altered Carbon figure some of them out?
What are some Pantangs that we’ve forgotten about for Chinese New Year? Sound off in the comments below!