Chinese New Year Celebration
Are you ready for the Chinese Lunar New Year? Tonight begins the 15 day celebration of the Yin Wood Sheep – Yi Wei 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 New Year’s Eve
- Sweep the entire house, starting at the front door and ending at the back door
- Get a haircut
- Prepare a reunion gathering and meal that continues through the midnight hour, bridging the old year and the new
- Replace your front door mat to avoid dragging remnants of last year’s energy into your home in the new year
- At midnight, open all windows and doors to allow old energy to escape and new energy to enter – smudge or ring bells to clear
- Light firecrackers or display decorative Chinese firecrackers to frighten away unfriendly spirits and introduce yang energy to your celebration
- Set your intentions for the New Year
- Fill your home with fresh flowers to welcome spring
- 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 for 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
- 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!