I was wearing one of my pre Chinese New Year clothes to a dinner function and I was told not to wear it on the first day. I was told to wear it on the second day.
When comes to Chinese New Year, all things must be new. From the curtains to the clothes and even shoes. Most of the feng shui believers, they spent thousands of ringgit to renovate their house, the sleeping or seating arrangement reasons to ward off evil and bring in good fortune for the rest of the year.
And during the eve, all brooms, brushes, dust pans and other cleaning equipment should be put away. Sweeping and dusting should not be done for fear that good fortune will be swept away.
We are encouraged to wear red or yellow colour on the first day symbolising good fortune and prosperity. And it's a taboo to wear black throughout the new year.
The small oranges that are given out during the chinese new year symbolises gold. In giving this way, we believed that we are giving and receiving gold in abundance, hoping that our year will be a prosperity and good fortune year.
Ps. Whatever taboo it is, they are only man make. Kong Hei Fatt Choy!! Ang Pau gia lai!