With the Chinese New Year (CNY) fast approaching, people are preparing to welcome the Year of the Rat by practicing a specific set of rituals, superstitions and traditions designed to have an auspicious effect on their luck for the year ahead. Hence, we have listed down a few dos and don’ts associated with cars that the majority of Singaporeans believe in, including the reasons behind those beliefs too.
Clean The Interior And Exterior Of The Car Before CNY
Spring cleaning is done to a home before the New Year to get rid of the bad fortune, increase harmony and balance into your life and attract good luck into your home. Similarly, this cleaning ritual applies to your car too! It is recommended to get your car cleaned up the day before as it is believed that sweeping and cleaning during the New Year will sweep good fortune away. Give your car a good polish while you are at it and put the shine back for a “shining” New Year.
Let The Luck In: Open Car Windows On New Year’s Day
The Chinese believe that opening windows on the first day of the New Year will bring good luck to their house. Likewise, opening windows of a car will also bring good fortune into the car for the owner. Instead of using the AC, go green and wind down the windows on the first day to welcome auspicious energies for the year ahead!
Place A Pair Of Oranges On The Dashboard
Through the play of words and on colour, the Chinese associates the gift of tangerines and oranges as a symbol of good luck. Tangerines sounds similar to the word “auspicious” or “lucky” in Chinese whereas oranges symbolise riches and good fortune because of their “golden” colour.
By placing a pair tangerines and/or oranges on the dashboard, it brings the owner of the car good luck and prosperity while showing that the owner of the car is looking forward and ready to welcome the New Year. Also, of course, it makes a rather good looking decoration, adding on to the overall CNY mood. And, tangerines and oranges are often exchanged among families and friends during visiting. So, just in case you forget to bring along a pair of, you can just easily grab them off your dashboard.
Put A Red Envelope In The Car
The colour red is considered to be the ultimate luck bringer at this time of year. The Chinese would place red envelopes, also known as ang bao or hong bao, in their car, preferably with a huge note as it is said to bring about a big windfall, and more prosperity and luck for the year. If you are intending to do this, our recommendation is to not place the red envelope too visibly, obviously to prevent tempting car thieves.
Throwing Change Under The Seat Of A New Car
This superstition is not as common though it could be very practical! The friends and family of the driver will throw spare change onto the floor of the car to bring luck to the driver.
This tradition may have started as a sign of prosperity or good luck but recent interpretation means that if the driver runs out of change for their fast food drive-through, they can always reach down and find some extra change.
Avoid Driving Black Cars
While red and gold are popular colours for luck, black is considered to be an inauspicious colour that is usually associated with mourning. The majority of Chinese avoid using black cars during Chinese New Year for fear that the inauspicious colour brings about bad luck, just like how they avoid wearing black clothes during this festive season for the same reason. If your car is black in colour, counteract it by placing something red in your car and a pair of oranges.
Avoid Placing Any Sharp Objects In The Car
Keep all sharp objects from sight and do not use them on the first day of the New Year as using knives or scissors on that day signifies cutting off one’s fortune.
Don’t Drive A Car With “X” Or Number 4 In The Number Plate
More superstitious and traditional Chinese may find the number 4, (si?), inauspicious as it bears the same tone as “death”, (si?), in the Chinese language. The letter “X” in the number plate should be avoided as it carries a negative connotation which carries a meaning that whatever things the driver do will be unsuccessful (i.e. “crossed out”).
Know of other superstitions that we didn’t mentioned in our list? Tell us more about them in the comment section below!
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