Shoes should not be bought as a Chinese New Year gift – even if they are red. Photo: Shutterstock

Why giving shoes as a Chinese New Year gift will bring bad luck – give trousers instead for good fortune

The word ‘shoe’ sounds similar to the word ‘evil’ in Mandarin or ‘rough’ in Cantonese, so giving footwear as a present is a big no-no. ‘Trousers’ in Cantonese sounds like ‘wealth’ though, which can only be a good thing

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Shoes should not be bought as a Chinese New Year gift – even if they are red. Photo: Shutterstock
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