Chinese New Year- Chinese practices, superstitions and property

Chinese or the Lunar Year is celebrated by millions of people throughout Asia and in communities across the globe. The unique tradition is a vibrant celebration with festivities including fireworks, dragon dances and the giving of red envelops.

To mark 2018 Year of the Dog, we asked some PICA Group employees and customers about some common Chinese superstitions and the ancient practice of Feng Shui, and how this can influence decisions about designing and purchasing property in Chinese culture.

1. Numerology

A well-known Chinese superstition is that certain numbers are considered lucky or unlucky based on their pronunciation. Having the right street number, unit number, building floor or price will bring luck and prosperity, while unlucky numbers will bring unfavorable circumstances such as illness or even death.

The number 4 is thought of as unlucky because it sounds like the word for death, while 8 is considered very lucky as it sounds like the word for wealth.

2. The colour red

During the Lunar New Year the colour red is used to decorate homes as the colour was believed to be able to scare away evil spirits. More modern beliefs associate the with happiness, wealth, royalty and prosperity.

Strata note: If you have or intend to decorate any common property, ensure to check the buildings by-laws to see kind of décor is permitted (if any).

3. Cleaning of the home

Prior to the new year individuals clean their homes as to sweep away the band luck from the preceding year. However cleaning on the first day of the new year is considered taboo as you will sweep away the good luck that has just arrived.

4. Door position

Feng Shui is a 3000-year-old Chinese system of laws that has fast become part of a home design and renovation trend in the western world. Home owners consider spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (chi).  One of the ways to avoid “good luck” from escaping provides for chi (or positive energy) to circulate within the home by not having the front door directly aligned with a backdoor, as this would allow chi to flow directly out the backdoor.

5. Location

Homes that face a T-intersection or are on busy street are looked upon unfavorably. This is because the noise and disruption is said to cause chi to spin, creating negative energy. Homes below street level should be avoided too, as this can create problems with finances and relationships. However, being near water is advantageous as water is the only substance that can hold chi.

6. Land shape

The ideal block of land to generate chi is rectangular in shape and slopes upward. The slope represents the property’s future growth in value.   If there are any more superstitions that you know of, share it with us by leaving a comment on this post – we’d be keen to hear from you!

From everyone at PICA Group we wish you wealth, happiness and longevity for the year to come.