One of my girlfriends had to get married this week. No, she’s not pregnant. She’s Chinese and timing is everything when it comes to things like weddings, business ventures and births. This New York Times story on my friend’s marriage might help you to better understand.
The approach of the Lunar New Year on February 14th has many Asians rushing to do all kinds of things. I just got a haircut because one doesn’t want to be near scissors, knives or any sharp objects around the new year – you may cut off any good vibes. The house has to be clean and all brooms, dusters and cleaning supplies have to be stored away – you don’t want any of your good fortune swept away.
Years ago while I was on vacation, my mother called me in a panic to warn, “Don’t go swimming. Stay away from the water!” According to my Chinese horoscope that year, my luck might not cover me if I ventured into any large bodies of water. She was truly worried that I’d drown or something. Nothing like hanging out at the wading pool!
I haven’t always been so superstitious. And it’s not just with Chinese culture. I also try to avoid the number 13, walking under ladders and opening umbrellas while indoors. I even lift my feet when crossing railroad tracks and try to hold my breath when going over bridges. I don’t know why. Do we become more afraid of tempting fate as we age? When I mentioned some of this to my hairdresser this weekend, she shared that she always has to touch the outside of her airplane before she boards a flight. Hey, it’s kept her safe all these years. Maybe I’ll start doing that, too.
2010 is a Tiger year and the cycle indicates a “white metal” Tiger. Overall, astrologers predict a lot of drama and ferocity but success since the Tiger is among those who rule the jungle. Kung Hei Fat Choi!