Feb 17, 2009

Haircuts during lunar new year

One of the Chinese superstitions during lunar new year is that if you cut your hair during the first fifteen days of the new year, you'll end up negatively affecting your uncle's luck for the year.

Keep in mind that this doesn't apply to just any uncle though, it only applies to your jiu jiu (舅舅), brothers of your mother. (The whole list of titles for relatives is here) So you'll see Chinese people getting haircuts during this time period, and it probably means that their mother has no younger brothers. Or it could mean that they're not superstitious.

In the interest of observing local customs, I try to observe this particular superstition. The 15th day of the lunar new year was Feb. 9, 2009, so it's about time to get a haircut finally. I'm getting close to looking like some combination of Nick Nolte's mug shot and Rod Blagojevich, so I'm glad the 15th has already come.

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