Red Color Items

A Khmer Belief is that People tie red cloths on their wrist, motor handles and other type of accessories because they believe that it will bring good luck and happiness to them.
People like wearing Red Clothes on Sunday because it is believed to give them more happiness.

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Do not wear white

If you happen to have a chance to have dinner with your Chinese friends during their traditonal festivals,please do not dress in white.As white in China means “sadness” and “poor” sometimes. Usually people will dress in white when someone passed away.

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Wear modestly

Philippines is a democratic country where people can be free to decide for themselves as long as they are not stepping on others’ rights but it doesn’t mean that they really can all the time. There are still rules to be followed because their freedom, though won’t literally touch other’s rights, can bother other people in some ways. This is what people from other ‘open’ countries should understand and abide when they are in the Philippines. They have to dress as modest as the Filipinos. They also have to wear clothes based on the event of the place they will be going. When one says business attire, he really means strict business attire and those which will allow assets which are supposed to be hidden to be shown are not allowed. Except for the main cities in the country, it’s appreciated more if one will be in one-piece swim suit or wet suits than sexy two-piece swim suits when going to the resorts. Filipino are not used in swimming in public places naked.

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When not to wear red?

Wearing a red piece of clothing when visiting a wake or burial is a very rude thing to do. It means you are happy that the person has died.

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Reversing your t-shirt

In the Philippines some people believe that when you are lost you should reverse your shirt and then wear it. This to get back to the right direction and location. This kind of traditions is also known in China.

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What colors should you wear?

Some colors have different meanings for Hokkien. The most familiar one is red which symbolizes prosperity/luck. This is important to remember when publishing or designing products. Black is a big taboo color because it is connected to funerals and bad luck. Try to avoid wearing black especially completely black outfits during celebration days like Chinese New Year, Birthdays and Weddings.

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