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​How to Welcome the Lunar New Year!

​How to Welcome the Lunar New Year!

Chinese New Year’s Eve: January 31st

  • Decorate with beautiful flowers such as peach blossoms, gladiolas, orchids and yellow chrysanthemums. Display auspicious fruits such as tangerines, pineapples (with red ribbons), oranges, pomelos, red dates and apricots. You can make a “mountain of gold” with 8 tangerines or oranges.
  • Feed the birds as they bring “good news” for the new year.
  • Just before sunset, turn on every light on in the house. Make sure to take your trash and recycling out and brooms, scissors and knives put away by late afternoon.
  • At midnight, open all the doors and windows to let the old year out and the new year in. Light red candles, incense and sparklers or fireworks. Ring bells!
  • Place an image of the Eight Immortals beneath your pillow before sleep to receive their blessings and gifts.

Chinese New Year’s Day: February 1st

  • When you first wake up, turn on all the lights and open your front door to welcome the new year! Light incense and red candles. 
  • Make sure your first taste of the day is something sweet so you’ll have a “sweet” year.
  • Wear something red for happiness and good fortune.
  • It’s believed that whatever happens today determines your luck for the year! So welcome the energies of Year of the Water Tiger with open arms, great joy, gratitude, beauty and festivity. Greet the year as you would a beloved friend and honored guest!
  • For today: no losing one’s temper, vulgarity, bad manners, swearing, slander, crying, talking of death, harsh words, cooking, using knives, dumping garbage, cleaning, sweeping, killing animals, bitter tea, bathing before noon, or borrowing money.
  • Do say kind words and good wishes to others and have a beautiful smile for everyone!

Gwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please  visit her website.

Posted by Gwynne Warner on 31st Jan 2022