Gifts Taboo in Chinese Valentine’s Day – Qixi FestivalAug 20th, 2012 | By Jian | Category: Asian Festivals
Qixi Festival is August 23 this year, the seventh days of seventh month in Lunar year. it’s also called Chinese Valentine’s day in China. I am going to share some gift ideas with western men or women who are interesting in dating Chinese. Hope these dating tips can help you avoid some of the Chinese gift taboo, while look for the special presents for your Asian lovers.
Do not give an umbrella or fan in Chinese Valentine’s day
Umbrella or Fan both sound like the one Chinese character “散”, which means leave, separation.
Do not share a pear
If you are going to eat pear with your Chinese lover. Remember to eat your own, instead share the same one with him or her. “Share pear” sound like “分离“ in Chinese. It’s also means leaving someone.
Do not give a wind chime
“Wind Chimes” are also homophonic ”separation”
Do not give the green hat to Chinese men.
A man with a green hat means a man with a spouse who’s unfaithful to him.
Do not give shoes to your lover
It means you want the person you in the relationship with to walk away or the relationship is going to ends soon. If you want your girl to dress up go out with you in your Chinese Valentine’s day, and you already brought her a sexy high heal. They way to solve the problem is to let her pay you a coin for the shoes
Do not give handkerchief to your Taiwanness lover.
Some foreigner like to give the beautiful hand painted or embroidered silk handkerchief as gifts after they visit the silk town Hangzhou or Suzhou in China. But to some Taiwanness, “送巾，断(离)根”. Give handkerchief to someone means leave someone forever. it’s not a good gift idea for Qixi Festival.
If you like to learn more about how to pick the right gift, you can read my old articles here. Some people may say who cares about those old taboo. Well, it’s better to be safe than sorry, isn’t it? Do you know any Asian gift taboo other than Chinese? Please share with us.