龙抬头 (Lóngtáitóu), “the day when the dragon raises its head”, is the perfect day to get a haircut!
Many people haven’t had a hair cut for at least a month. You see, during the month after New Year’s (ending yesterday), cutting your hair might kill your uncle!
Well, not really. It’s a word play: When the Qīng Dynasty replaced the Míng Dynasty in 1644, the emperor made everyone cut their hair in a new style (bald front, long tail in the back, you’ve seen it in pictures). Cutting their hair made people long for (思 sī) the old (旧jiù) hairstyle, which sounds like 死舅 (sĭjiù) “dead uncle”.
And the dragon? Lóngtáitóu is the second day of the second lunar month - the time when the rainy season begins in many parts if China, and therefore also the time to pray to the dragon, the master of rains, for a good harvest!
Getting a hairdressing appointment yesterday was an ordeal. Qingxin Times