Why do Chinese people wear red things during their zodiac year?

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Gold Monkey Chinese zodiac

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, every year corresponds to one of twelve animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig).

Different animal signs are believed to carry different meanings by the Chinese just as similar as the Western horoscope.

One undergoes a 12-year cycle to reach his or her Zodiac Year of Birth, which is known asu672cu547du5e74 (Bu011bnmu00ecngniu00e1n).

Take for example the upcoming Chinese Year of the Sheep (which falls on Feb.

19).

Those individuals who were born in the Year of the Sheep , namely the years of 1919,1931,1943,1955,1967,1979, 1991 and 2003, are entering theiru672cu547du5e74 (Bu011bnmu00ecngniu00e1n) in 2015.

n,However, most Chinese people believeu672cu547du5e74(Bu011bnmu00ecngniu00e1n) is supposed to be a year of extremely bad luck and many difficulties.

The reason is that people willu72afu592au5c81(fu00e0n tu00e0isuu00ec , offend Tai Sui) on theiru672cu547du5e74(Bu011bnmu00ecngniu00e1n) in traditional Chinese mythology.

u592au5c81(fu00e0n tu00e0isuu00ec , Tai Sui) initially referred to a star opposite of Jupiter which revolves around the Earth every 12 years, the same 12-year cycle as the Chinese zodiac signs.

Tai Sui is said to bring misfortune to people in the zodiac year matching their year of birth.

So people should pay special attention to avoid misfortune in their life every 12 years.

nIn order to mitigate its predicted inauspicious effects, people may resort to conventions that have been passed down through generations, one of which is to wear something red since red carries an atmosphere of prosperity and courage.

People in China will wear any red-colored clothing such as underwear, socks, scarf, sweater, and shirt.

n,If you donu2019t own lots of red clothing, even red-colored accessorizes is probably the easiest way to introduce a little red into your life on a daily basis.

n,Some people wear jade or gold jewelry strung with a red thread because jade also supposedly will ward off bad luck and gold is said to have enough spiritual power to conquer evil spirits.

n,nPlease note that the red item has to be a gift from someone else (your family, your friends) and you canu2019t buy it for yourself.

,Some people even buy u592au5c81u7b26(tu00e0isuu00ec fu00fa,Tai Sui amulets) in a small red paper pouch and carry it with them throughout the year.

Typically, Tai Sui amulets will be burnt before the next new year arrives.