Lunar Chinese New Year 2017
Are you ready for the Lunar Chinese New Year? January 28th begins the 15-day celebration of the Yin Fire Rooster (Ding You) and all the promise she holds for the coming year. Here are a few tips to help you transition gently into the new year.
On or before New Year’s Eve (January 27)
- Sweep the entire house, starting at the front door and ending at the back door where you will sweep last year’s energy outside the building
- Prepare a reunion gathering and meal that continues through the midnight hour, helping to bridge the old year and the new
- Replace your front door mat to prevent inadvertently dragging remnants of last year’s energy into your home in the new year
- At midnight on New Year’s eve, open all windows and doors to allow old energy to escape and new energy to enter. Then smudge with dried sage, spray citrus oil or ring bells to clear the air
- Light firecrackers or display decorative Chinese firecrackers to frighten away unfriendly spirits and introduce yang energy to your celebration
- Set your positive intentions for the New Year
- Fill your home with fresh flowers to welcome spring
On New Year’s Day (January 28)
- Put all brooms, knives and scissors away so as not to cut into or sweep away good fortune for the year
- Welcome deities from heaven and earth to guide you through the year
- Honor and pay respect to elders
- Wear new clothing to put your best foot forward in the new year
- Do not lend or borrow money on this day
- Do not cry so as not to bring sadness with you into the new year
- Decorate with and wear the color red – the color of fire, joy and virtue
- Distribute red envelopes containing money (ang pow) to children
- Display fresh flowers (especially peach and plum blossoms) for abundance
- Place a bowl of oranges out in your kitchen and dining room to summon good fortune for the year.
- When leaving your home, the words exchanged with the first person you meet influences the luck of the year so make them positive!
Wishing you peace, health and prosperity!
Diane Gallin, CFSC