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Post time 2012-11-29 07:56:32 |Display all floors
When using a toothpick in public always cover your mouth with your hand.

Red pockets should never contain amounts that are "odd" eg 17, 133 etc. Amounts should always be "even" that is ending in 0, 2, 4, 6, 8.  The most auspicious are those that end in 8, for example 128, 98, 288 RMB.

Never give gifts wrapped in white wrapping. White is the colour of poverty and sorrow.

At the conclusion of a meal never stick your chopsticks in to the leftovers (if any) at the bottom of the bowl. This is a sign of ancestor worship and also symbolises bad yin energy.

Men should never do any of the traditional women's work around the house such as sweeping, laundry or feeding the baby. This is because doing the traditional tasks of women is said to bring bad luck. It is however fine if the man is employed to do such things or has a business that does domestic chores.

Never have a mirror directly facing your bed. This can result in either a wandering spirit entering the house or your soul being trapped between the waking and sleeping states by entering the mirror.

Nothing should be cut during the Chinese New Year festivities as doing so will cut your life short.

Never wash your hair on Chinese New Year's Day as this will wash away your good luck.

Never loose your temper. Doing so is the greatest loss of face there is and one of the major social taboos.

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Post time 2012-11-29 15:26:22 |Display all floors
satsu_jin Post time: 2012-11-28 16:38
Some more taboos:

Do not give sharp objects that are used to cut things as a present. It does symbo ...

. Where did you get the knowledge? Some taboos are not so strict in China now.

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Post time 2012-11-29 16:35:16 |Display all floors
waiboshu Post time: 2012-11-29 16:26
. Where did you get the knowledge? Some taboos are not so strict in China now.

Not so difficult and indeed some are not important anymore. Simple answer - many, not all, are identical in Japan.  

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Post time 2012-11-29 20:25:51 |Display all floors
Ratfink Post time: 2012-11-29 07:56
When using a toothpick in public always cover your mouth with your hand.

Red pockets should never c ...

When using a toothpick in public always cover your mouth with your hand.
------- you are telling the ancient ladies who were asked not to show their teeth when they smile and it doesn't work any more till today.

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Post time 2012-11-29 22:12:27 |Display all floors
sinoecolearner Post time: 2012-11-29 20:25
When using a toothpick in public always cover your mouth with your hand.
------- you are telling t ...

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Post time 2012-11-30 20:13:17 |Display all floors
food taboo - food have to be eaten within 24 hours from preparation

OK. in ancient times it had sense, but in my opinion the fridge is a bit better then cellar :)

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Post time 2012-12-2 22:16:01 |Display all floors
anything to do with death,
funerals,talking about it..
Its a pity taboos cant stop death.
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