It's officially the roaring '20s, people. And if the 10 years ahead of us are anything like the last decade, we're going to need some serious luck.
Different cultures practice all sorts of different rituals meant to usher in good fortune around the New Year. In Colombia, they walk around the block carrying an empty suitcase, according to Forbes. In Greece, they hang onions on the door as a way to symbolise rebirth. In the U.S., some regions cook special dishes or kiss a loved one.
A lucky colour is based on feng shui, a centuries-old Chinese system that centers around the flow of energy, or qi, says Vanessa Montgomery, astrologer and author of Star Power: A Simple Guide to Astrology for the Modern Mystic. You've probably heard the term tossed around in relation to interior design. And it's true; the layout of your home and decor play a role in feng shui. But so do colours.
In feng shui, different colours express each of the five basic elements — wood, earth, metal, fire, and water — and the hues can be used to shift energy. Each year is also marked by a different colour; surrounding yourself with them is thought to usher in prosperity and health, TheChineseZodiac.org reports.
And while we all already rung in 2020, the Chinese New Year doesn't happen until January 25, 2020. That will kick off the Year of the Rat, which has two lucky colours: white and blue. (White is used to express metal, so 2020 is going to be known as the Year of the White Metal Rat, which sounds pretty hardcore.)
To tap into the good fortune, try wearing blue and white or using the colours to decorate your home or other spaces where you spend a lot of time. Create a little reading nook filled with fluffy white pillows, and pretty blue touches. You'll be able to chip away at your resolution to read more while ushering in the good vibes — win-win.