Looks like it is going to be yet another hot humid day in Kuala Lumpur as people go about their business and Chinese New Year is barely a week away, six days to be exact. Chinese New Year falls on Feb 14 this year - the same day as Valentine's.
The Spring Festival or more commonly-known as Chinese New Year here is celebrated by all people of Chinese descent, religion aside though many mistake it as a Buddhist or Toaist festival. In actual fact, it is a festival of tradition, not a religious-driven festival. Sadly, it has been misconstrued.
Wikipedia says that Chinese New Year is the most important traditional Chinese holidays but it is not. Winter Solstice is believed to be the most important festival. It is celebrated yearly on Dec 22, give or take a day before or after, some years.
Many of us are looking forward to the celebration and the extended weekend holiday when we can dress up in new clothes, have great food feasts, get together with friends and family, and just chill.
After all the festivities, many among us would want to know as to the good days to start work to begin the new year of the tiger on the right auspicious footing. Below is a guide, courtesy of wayangtimes.com. In a nutshell, the good days are Days 4, 6, 9, 12, 13 and 15. However, if you look closer at the chart, some of these dates may be inauspicious for certain animal signs of the Chinese zodiac/horoscope, so do check it out. (The “X” denotes inauspicious start date for those affected.) I read that for small businesses, Days 12, 13 and 15 are better days to start work.
There is even a guide on the lucky colors to wear but I won't go to that extreme. However, if you are interested, you can refer to the chart below, also courtesy of wayangtimes.com. Click to enlarge image.