Here are some practices to follow this coming Chinese New Year:
Do not break ceramics or glass. A broken bowl, glass, plate, vase, or mirror is considered an omen of misfortune or a family conflict in the future. If you break something, immediately pick up all the fragments and wrap it in red paper or cloth, and then throw it away on the fifth day into a lake or river.
Avoid using sharp objects. Scissors, knives, needles, or any sharp objects should not be used until the celebration of the Chinese New Year is over. It is to give women a well-deserved break. Using sharp objects also reflects cutting your stream of wealth and success. This is why most hair salons are closed.
Do not wash clothes (and hair!). The first two days of the Chinese New Year festival are observed as the birthday of the God of Water. Doing the laundry during these days can offend the gods. Similarly, you also cannot wash your hair as it means washing one’s fortune away.