While many Chinese people today may not believe, these Chinese superstitions (by the name of “traditions” and “customs”) are still practiced. They are kept because most families realize that these traditions, whether believed or not, provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.

Superstitions are an essential part of Chinese culture. They provide many insights on the practices, attitudes, principles, and religious beliefs of Chinese culture. A report on the effect of superstitions on the nation’s youth confirmed that 85% of China’s middle school students have actually had their fortune told. More than 1 in 3 Chinese people today believe in fortune telling.

if you follow ALL these “traditions”, you will get nowhere!

COLORS

REDRed is the color of blood or life and will bring happiness, wealth, fame, and good luck.
BLACKBlack is the color of feces and is associated with evil, disaster and bad fortune.
WHITEWhite is the color of mother’s milk. It symbolizes moderation, purity, honesty & life, balancing red & black.
BLUEWearing blue will bring bad luck to a marriage.
GREYWearing gray will also bring bad luck to a marriage.
GREENGreen symbolizes money. Buildings, banks and restaurants are often painted in green and red.
YELLOWYellow symbolizes royalty & power of the throne. The first Emperor of China was known as the Yellow Emperor.

NUMBERS

Like in Western culture, each number has their unique meaning in Chinese culture, where numbers can bring good luck and fortune to their life. Some are thought to be lucky and some are unlucky according to the pronunciation of the number and the similarity of it with another word.

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