"We know that black is usually frowned upon when it’s Chinese New Year, but it may very well be the exception for you this year if you’re born in the year of the Dog or the year of the Rat.
That’s right, our auspicious colours change every year so it largely depends on your zodiac sign and how it is affected by the lunar year.
This year we’ve decided to help you out by charting the colours so that you know just what colours you should be shopping for and what shades you should be avoiding like the plague.
So go on, find your sign and colour your way to an auspicious 2013!"
I was brought up in an environment where superstitions reigned supreme. My mother never had education and her family used to believe in treatment of illnesses recommended by a temple medium who went into a trance to get divine help. So you can imagine the effects on me when it comes to discarding any superstition. Basically, it was usually a case of when in doubt, just believe it!
Some of the superstitions which I am still affected are: when planning a trip, make up your mind, and do not flip-flop because it would affect your travel adversely in terms of inconvenience or even accident; do not play with knives because there are spirits which could make you injure yourself or others; and so on.
In the 60s, while in secondary school, I can still remember how a classmate told us that his parents would never allow him to wear black under any circumstances! Nowadays, we can see people wearing black at all occasions, including birthdays, weddings and Chinese New Year. It has become fashionable to do so. But personally, I tend to think in terms of its effect on the hosts, for instance. What if they are still superstitious like before?
The first time I was aware of different colours for different people for a new Chinese year was when a relative painted his house gates green. When asked, he said it was auspicious for him in that year! Just imagine if this catches on, the paint companies and their dealers should be glad.
I am not really into Fengshui because it requires a strict regime to properly follow, and I am never good at nor like to be regimented. I used to watch Astro channel 305 (old Cantonese serials for free) and now and again, there is a Fengshui woman (used to be a man) from HK who would provide details down to the nearest hour! I just cannot imagine anyone following such instructions to start the day and checking every few hours. I am sure it affects anyone's self-confidence in making decisions.
I am also unimpressed with Lilian Thoo's recommendations of certain objects (available in her chain of shops) which could help something auspicious or prevent something inauspicious. It seems too easy and too commercial, if at all you believe in such advice.