The Chinese Year of the Rat (4706) dawns on February 7, 2008, with celebrations lasting over 15 days causing much of Asia to slow down or comes to a standstill. As in year's past, Bali hotels are expecting a rush of business over the coming holidays with Garuda Indonesia adding 2,637 seats system-wide and 293 additional seats to Bali to facilitate the expected travel crunch.
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Some Practical Advice
The celebration of Chinese New Years is rich with tradition and superstitious belief. To help you launch a successful "Year of the Rat" - a year rather ominously associated with death, war and atrocities – here's some practical advice to help you steer a good course.
• Open a window to welcome good luck and the new year.
• Confuse ghosts and spirits by switching lights on and off.
• To sweeten the year ahead, be sure to eat some sweets over the New Year.
• Time to clean house. A Clean and tidy home will bring good luck in the coming year.
• What you do on February 7th may influence the year ahead. Many gamble on that day as "winning" on the day signals a year of prosperity ahead.
• Buy a pair of new slippers – it symbolizes stepping on those who spread gossip about you.
• Take a bath in pomelo leaves on New Year's eve as it is believed to bring health in the year ahead.
• Some consider buying a pair of new shoes as bad luck. The word "shoe" in Cantonese is a homophone for "rough" or "evil" in Mandarin.
• "Don't buy pants during Chinese New Year. The word of "pants" is a homophone for "bitter" in Cantonese.
• Washing your hair on New Year's may wash away good luck.
• Similarly sweeping the floor on New Year's Day might send fortune into the dustpan.
• Avoid discussions of death in the early days of the Chinese New Year.
• Don't buy books during Chinese New Year as it may precipitate a personal loss.
• Avoid wearing black and white. Black is the color of bad luck and white is a color appropriate to funerals.
From everyone at Bali Discovery - Kong Hee Fat Choy!
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