There are many unreasoning superstitions around the world, especially in the Chinese culture. When you think of superstition, bad luck is usually the first thing that comes to your mind. However, there are also good luck superstitions too that hinted you are in a lucky streak.

These beliefs and practices have been passed down from many generations without a logical explanation, so do you still believe in that?

Well, I would say that “Better safe that sorry” is the best approach. We have curated a list of superstitions that bring bad luck to people.

1. Shaking Leg Means Loss of Wealth

The Chinese believe it is bad luck to shake your leg, especially during meals. It brings wealth loss and bad fortune. However, I will rather treat it as a rude habit because it shows impatience, so it is good to avoid this action.

2. Choice of Gift Matters

There are also rules to choose a gift for giving because some of them are the gift of bad luck. Here are some example:

Knives, scissor or sharp object – it is believed that it will sever the relationship.

Shoes – It has the hidden meaning and significance of asking the receiver to walk away from you.

Clocks – The Chinese word of giving a clock sound like attending a funeral. Thus it is a big taboo to gift someone a clock or watch.

3. Do not stick your chopstick in a upright position

Do not stick the chopstick straight up when you are not using it. It is believed to bring bad luck, as it resembles the incenses used in mourning and prayer.

top view of chopsticks in bowl with boiled rice on dark wooden board

4. No Broom allowed during Chinese New Year

The Chinese believed that using a broom during the Lunar New Year will sweep away good fortune and bring bad luck instead.

5. No Book please

Gamblers believed books bring them bad luck because the Chinese word for book pronouces like “Lost”.

6. Be Careful with Mirrors

Based on the superstition and folk-tale, breaking a mirror will bring you seven years of bad luck, so be extra cautious when handling it.

7. The Unlucky Numbers

There are different variations of unlucky numbers but the most common ones are 4 in the east and 13 in the west. In Chinese, four symbolize death so many people avoid choosing house on 4th storey or holding a mobile phone number with many 4.

8. Annual Zodiac conflict with Grand Duke Jupiter (Fan Tai Sui)

If your Chinese zodiac sign animal is the same as current year animal sign, it means that you are going to have a tough year ahead with bad luck lurking around you. There will be an increased probability of accidents and mishaps. People with such zodiac animal sign will need to go to the temples to pray to their Tai Sui as a resolution. But is this really the case?

9. Do Not Keep a Spoilt Clock

It is a Feng Shui rule to dispose anything that is not working or beyond repair. This rule is especially true for a broken clock because it symbolizes the end of life. If a broken clock suddenly chimes, it means that there is going to be a death in the household.

10. The Jinx 9

The Chinese have a belief that it is going to be a year of turbulence if your age has a nine. It might be a life-threatening hurdle to go through. That is the reason some people choose to avoid celebrating their birthday at the age of 9, 19, 29, 39, 49, 59, 69, 79, 89 or 99.



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