As the lunar new year marks the end of the Year of the Ox and the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, one question on everyone’s mind is if this year is lucky for them.

For those born this year, the answer is no because as per Chinese astrology, the year of the birth sign is always the unluckiest. So, those born in the Year of the Tiger are in for a tough time. The legend goes that people offend Tai Sui, the God of Age, in their zodiac year, which is why they incur his curse.

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However, as per Chinese traditions and beliefs, there are a few things you can do to keep bad luck at bay in this lunar new year.

Some of the easier things to avoid are using scissors, washing clothes, and sweeping floors. However, some are simply untenable, like avoiding crying children, or for women to remain in the house all day.

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There are also some superstitions that can be followed to escape bad luck this Year of the Tiger. If one wishes to avoid falling ill the entire year, then medicines should not be consumed on the first day of the lunar new year.

Similarly, porridge is something one shouldn’t have for breakfast since it is considered to be food for poor people. The start to a new year should never be poor.

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While theft is never good at any time of the year, it is especially bad to have your pocket picked at the start of the year. It signifies your entire wealth being stolen. Similarly, when it comes to debt, no money should be lent on this day, and all debts must be cleared by new year’s eve. If someone owes you money, it is best not to ask them for it on the first day, since it brings bad luck. 

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An empty rice jar is also not a good sign, since no cooking on the first day of the year is cause for concern. If you’re dressing up, avoid threadbare garments, since they signify bad luck. Also, avoid white or black clothes, which are associated with mourning.

Planning on giving gifts? Avoid clocks, scissors, and pears, which are all portentous in Chinese culture. Finally, killing things is a strict no, since blood is considered an ill omen and said to bring misfortune.