Feng shui experts predict blue, green and purple as 'lucky colours' for 2013
Choose blue, green and purple outfits next time you go shopping, as Feng shui experts have predicted that these will be the "lucky colours" for the upcoming Year of the Snake.
The Year of Snake begins on Feb 10, which is the first day of Chinese New Year.
Blue has been cited as the most favourable colour, as it represents the "water" element, while red and yellow, which represent fire and earth respectively, were said to be less favourable options for the year ahead.
"It is not just for clothes. From buying a new car to choosing accessories for your handphone, blue, green and purple are good colours to choose. You could even paint a small portion of your home in one of these colours," the Star Online quoted Malaysian Institute of Geomancy Sciences (Mings) president Prof Joe Choo as saying, adding that the colours would attract good luck.
For businesses resuming after the New Year, she said, it was best to start on Feb 17, which falls on a Sunday.
"It is still favourable to start work the following day, which is Feb 18," Prof Cho stated.
"However, you can go into the office for a while on Sunday evening and make your wishes for the year ahead," said Choo during the MINGS 2013 "Outlook Talk Twists and Turns in the Year of the Snake" in Kuala Lumpur.
Industries likely to do well next year, she said, were those related to the water, wood and metal elements, including insurance and finance, journalism and education, and metal and mineral-related businesses.
However, Choo said industries related to the earth and fire elements, such as property, construction, paint and telecommunication might not do as well.
Auspicious dates for weddings, to start up businesses or to give birth, she said, were Feb 11, April 12, Aug 10, Oct 9 and Dec 8.
Feng shui master and founder of Mings, Master David Koh, said 2013 would be a "comfortable year" for Malaysians.
"We must give credit to our leaders who have held the fort well this year while other countries have experienced economic downturns and other difficulties," he said.