Chinese New Year 2021 falls on the 12th of February, and to celebrate we thought we'd have a look into how our sleeping patterns change with different cultures.
According to a recent survey, the Chinese get roughly 6.5 hours of sleep a night. That's the same as us Brits! But how do their traditions differ from our own? Let's find out together.
Chinese New Year Traditions
Below we've created a list of super interesting Chinese New Year superstitions. These superstitions are said to promote good health and wealth for the year ahead if followed correctly. So take a look and if you give them a try...your fortunes might just begin to change!
Staying Up Late (Or All Night!)
On the Chinese New Year, it’s a tradition that after their dinner families will sit together and chat, play cards and stay up late to watch the Spring Festival Gala and welcome in the new year. Just like in the UK, the Chinese New Year is very much a family event.
The reason why those stay up so late is due to the belief that staying up late can delay the ageing process of the elder family members. So the longer children stay awake, the longer their parents will live. Due to this, many families will leave their house lights on throughout the night.
Wait to Pay Your New Year Blessings
Every culture has different superstitions and the Chinese culture is no different. It is believed that if you pay a visit to someone who is still asleep on the first day of the new year, then the person you visit will be jinxed. This jinx means that they will be sick and bed-ridden for the whole year.
You also shouldn't wake anyone up! Chinese tradition states that doing this will lead to them being rushed off their feet for the whole year. So maybe it's just best to be patient!
No Sleep During the Day
Not only is it a sign of disrespect to visitors, but it is also believed that sleeping throughout the day on the first day of the lunar new year, will lead to you being lazy and lethargic throughout the whole year to come. And no one wants that!
Daily Chinese Sleep Traditions
During our research, we came across other sleep habits practised in Chinese culture. These sleeping habits are not just focused on the Chinese New Year, but instead practised daily.
Here are a few extra sleep facts about Chinese culture. Go on, you know you want to!
Naps are Very Important
In China, lunchtime naps are a regular thing. Although we love a good nap here in the UK, it is mainly reserved for the infant and elderly among us. This is different from China, where everyone participates in a lunchtime nap. We're a little bit jealous...if only we could take a midday nap too!
The reason behind these lunchtime naps is down to cultural beliefs. The Chinese believe that having a lunchtime nap restores the body's balance and keeps the harmony within your body. Around noon each day, it is believed that your body naturally experiences a period of rest and so it is beneficial to close your eyes and snooze for 15.
Always Bathe Before Bed
The Chinese tend to stick to their daily routines, including bathing before bed. This is down to the belief that your bed should always be a clean place to rest. And going to bed without a shower or a bath will ruin the cleanliness of the space!
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