Following the old rules…

In Traditional Chinese culture, people used to celebrate New Year for the first month of the year. During this whole month, I assume people would enjoy big feasts with various dishes and tastes, sharing happiness with family and friends, for they have worked hard for the past year, and it is the moment to celebrate and wait for the sign of the Spring, when everything on earth is revived, and that means a brand new beginning.

There are lots of “To-dos” and “Not to dos” during the celebration, nowadays, not much people will still follow these rules. However, there is one rule, at least for the most people I know (including myself), are still be very attentive to it. Well, it’s the rule about getting a hair cut during traditional Chinese New Year. Elders used to tell me that it would be inappropriate to get a haircut before February in old Chinese calendar. The superstition says for someone who has uncles, if they cut their hairs, something bad might happen to their uncles…so I kept my hair for a month, and finally, got a nice haircut =D

 Another side of the story says in Qing Dynasty, Due to the Barbers wanted to have vacations for the New Year, they created a folksong singing about if you get a haircut in January, uncle will be in trouble…-_-…I guess they were truely talented…

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