Chinese New Year is coming, and everybody in China is busy preparing to welcome and celebrate the New Year. And there is one thing important, Chinese people embrace a firm believer that whatever they wear and do during New Year's Eve and the first few hours of the New Year are going to influence the rest of the year. So they believe that wearing brand new clothes in lucky colors will attract good luck.

Chinese New Year is coming, and everybody in China is busy preparing to welcome and celebrate the New Year. And there is one thing important, Chinese people embrace a firm believer that whatever they wear and do during New Year's Eve and the first few hours of the New Year are going to influence the rest of the year. So they believe that wearing brand new clothes in lucky colors will attract good luck.

 

And this tradition of wear new clothes for New Year is not limited in China. Most people in Europe and other Asian countries also believe in it. Here we go to see what kind of color will bring good luck to you.

 

Red is a stimulant and dominant color that associated with warmth, prosperity and stimulation. Chinese women believe wearing red underwear will bring them good luck associated to love. And that is why Chinese brides prefer wearing red wedding dresses instead of white wedding gowns during the wedding ceremony. Wearing red garments are also the tradition in Spain and Italy.

 

Chinese people also love to wearing gold or yellow underwear. In the ancient China, only the king can wear gold garments, which associates with power and wealth. Therefore, Chinese people believe that wearing gold or yellow garments will bring them good luck.

 

In European countries, gold is associated with the sun and lucky for just about everyone.

 

South American countries like Venezuela, Colombia and Peru have a tradition for wearing yellow underwear on New Year’s Eve.  Yellow is associated with enlightenment and intellect, it stimulates the brain.  Yellow is a colour which exudes optimism and decisiveness.   The Mexicans wear yellow underwear to attract money and good economical vibrations. Yellow is their colour of choice because it is most closely associated with gold. 

 

The underwear tradition can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when it was forbidden to wear bright colours. The people believed wearing yellow would bring them good fortune, so they wore the colour underneath their clothes.  Tradition says you must throw your old underwear at the stroke of midnight on New Year's and put on a yellow pair. To be lucky, they must be new. Want some extra luck? Wear them inside out.

 

A Taiwanese salesperson puts new suited red underwear with currency symbol printing at an underwear store. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

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