When it comes to luck and fortune, there is no culture that delves more into it than that of the Chinese. China is so entrenched in a culture that they believe luck can be made in many ways. They have tales and folklore of luck in the thousands.
We’ve narrowed it down to eight. Why? Well, you’ll soon find out.
Beards are bad
When you think about it, you don’t often see a Chinese man with a beard. That is because the Chinese believe that one should keep a well-shaven face. At the very least, a moustache should be well-trimmed. It’s another Chinese superstition as they believe any facial hair that looks shabby is considered bad luck.
Look away from the north
Age really is a number
You won’t see too many cougars or ‘cradle snatchers’ in China as the superstition among the culture is that if you marry a person who is either three or six years (unlucky numbers) older or younger will bring bad luck to the couple. As if being single and ready to mingle wasn’t already hard enough?
Turn down the turtles
The poor old turtle isn’t looked well up on in Chinese superstition. They believe that if a turtle is kept as a pet, it will ruin the home owner’s business and fortune. They say it will slow the person’s business down. Have they not read the story of the hair and the tortoise?
Chinese superstition doesn’t stop at the dinner table either. Ever eaten Chinese noodle and noticed every piece is as long as your arm? That is because the popular belief uncut noodles in soup will increase longevity. If noodles are cut it will ‘cut the longevity’.
On the flip side of Chinese superstition, the number four is considered to be unlucky and the number is avoided for vehicles and houses. The reason is that the number four in Chinese has the pronunciation that is similar to the word for ‘death’.
Other lucky numbers
As well as eight, Chinese superstitions say that the numbers 88, 18, 13 and 168 are also lucky. So these numbers are also well sought after in the housing market.