|Kung Hei Fat Choi
May the New Year bring you Luck and Prosperity!
This is the year of the YIN FIRE ROOSTER.
The Chinese New Year begins on January 28th. I will share more about what you can expect in a Fire Rooster Year in my Feng Shui Forecast for 2017, which will be available next week.
For now, we can learn a lot from the Chinese culture about how to treat the “new” year, RESPECTFULLY. This includes our homes, paying our respects to ancestors, and visiting with family members and friends.
Below are a few traditions that many Asian cultures take “very” seriously. Perhaps the world would be a better place if everyone followed suit.
First off – all homes are cleaned thoroughly from top to bottom including carpets, drapes, cupboards, furniture and windows BEFORE the New Year.
Also before New Year’s Day, homes are decorated with trays of tangerines and oranges, candies, dried fruits, plants and vases of fresh flowers, and wishes are written down on (red) paper. Too, money in red envelops is handed out to children and poor people.
Red is considered the best color to wear for celebration as it symbolizes a bright and happy future.
At the stroke of MIDNIGHT all doors and windows are throw open to allow the old year to leave. Firecrackers are also lit to send out the OLD year and to welcome in the NEW. In many countries lanterns are lit and allowed to float to heaven too.
The Chinese New Year is actually a “15 DAY FESTIVAL” that welcomes in the Asian Spring. Here’s how it plays out:
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
May you embrace NOW – each day of the New Year,
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