Superstitions of Malaysian Chinese

Picture of a 'Money generating tag' (Chinese: 对我生财) of local Malaysian Chinese. Money tags are popular among the Chinese community in Malaysia.
Words written on a lamppost found in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, translated as "The auspicious stars brings wealth and good fortune to me".

Superstitions of Malaysian Chinese refers to traditional superstitious beliefs of Malaysian Chinese and Singaporean Chinese. The ethnic Chinese in both neighbours share a common culture and historical heritage.

"Sacred" stone attraction

In September 2008, large crowds of people flocked to an open area at the Bukit Minyak Industrial area near Bukit Mertajam, seeking good luck from a "sacred" granite stone. Nearby residents claimed the stone was "worshipped" for several years before it was abandoned at the open area where it is found now. The number of people visiting the area increased as word started to spread. Some came from as far as Kuala Lumpur. Local residents erected temporary stalls selling praying paraphernalia, flowers, fruits and "holy water" to bathe the stone. Ah Poh, 60, from Chai Leng Park near Butterworth said he saw four numbers on the stone when he washed it with water he bought at the stall for RM1. B. Kala, 38, a mother of three children said she won RM1,400 in Wednesday's four-digit draw.[1]

Examples of superstitions


Numbers play a large part in all superstitions. They are an important part of superstition in any culture and are very significant within Chinese culture.


The Chinese also have many superstitions concerning pregnancy and the woman who is pregnant. Although many people believe most of these to be false, others religiously follow many of the superstitions.

This is for readers who are not yet married. Have the groom carry the bride over a pan of burning coals when entering his home for the first time. Doing this ensures trouble-free labour.[2]

Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays celebrated in Asia. There is a lot of time and preparation that goes into making the event an unforgettable one. With hopes of entering the new year prosperous and successful, many people in China follow certain superstitions to increase their chances of good fortune. Listed below are some of the most popular New Year's superstitions that many of the Chinese people believe in:

See also


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