China's superstitions sound, at times, ludicrous but they have significant reasoning behind them.
An example of chinese superstition is; shooting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve as a way of releasing the
Old year and welcoming the New. Also, throwing rice out the door is a way of releasing the negative energy trapped inside the house; allowing positive energy in and good luck to follow.
To on-lookers, all of the superstitions may seem like they run people's lives if you actually believe in them. But, most Chinese people do not believe in every single one of them, only the ones that specifically pertain to them.
Alot of China's supersititions are for good luck and good fortune to come their way. The Chinese people really believe in the spiritual world an such.
Interview with Catie-
"The culture and morals of China are almost completely based on these superstitions. Although, not everyone follows them. "
"Have your bed placed in your room in full view of the door.
"Don't have a huge tree right in front of your door.
"Your house can not face north.
"Do not wash your hair for 2 months after giving birth.
"Don't eat mellon on New Year's day.
"Don't go to the hospital on New Year's."
Certain numbers in China have meanings.
4-horrible; means death
8-lucky; means prosper
14- absolute death
54- no death
"Well, they say that the spirit of the deceased one returns exactly one week after to visit their loved ones and family to check on them.
"I'm pretty sure it's bad to take pictures at a funeral. But it's a pretty big deal. They have three or four Buddhist monks come and, you know, chant. While others mourn; to drive out the spirit of the body."
"The Chinese Zodiac and Superstitions are closely linked."