Lunar Chinese New Year 2018

In 2018 February 16 begins the 15-day Lunar Chinese New Year Spring festival that celebrates the arrival of the Yang Earth Dog – Wu Xu and all the promise he holds for the future. Unlike the Solar New Year this joyous holiday season is more like the western January 1 New Year celebration and culminates on the first full moon of the new year with the traditional Lantern Festival.

Here are a few traditions to help you get started:

On (or before) New Year’s Eve (February 15)

  • 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

On New Year’s Day (February 16)

  • 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 your 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!

Diane Gallin, CFSC

Wind and Water Feng Shui Consulting