The Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest celebrations in Chinese culture. It is a long celebration that lasts for 15 days. Because it depends on the moon cycle — Chinese New Year is on the second New Moon of the year — it comes on a different day each year and is considered to be the beginning of Spring. Each year, as you probably know, has a specific Chinese zodiac animal, as well as a feng shui element associated with it. This determines the quality of energy in the New Year.
2020 is the Year of the Metal Rat. It starts on January 25, 2020. For the traditional feng shui practitioners and enthusiasts, this is also the time to adjust the annual feng shui cures. We have all the resources you need here, from the annual feng shui tips to specific feng shui cures.
There are several basics in celebrating the Chinese New Year. First, it is important to clean your home thoroughly, as well as use some space clearing to assure the feng shui energy in your home is clear. This is best done before the day of the New Year so that the clear energy can settle in. In Chinese culture cleaning on the first few days of the New Year is considered bad luck, so best to clean the house in advance and keep the house peaceful and clean.
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Second, much attention is being given to specific decorations that are used for the New Year, both as feng shui cures for the year, as well as New Year decor. You might have noticed that Chinese homes (and businesses) are decorated with many items in the auspicious energy of the red color with various golden decor items carrying the symbols of Happiness, Longevity, Prosperity, etc. Various flowers and fruits are also used in New Year’s decorations for their specific meaning and energy.
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Basically, any and all efforts are directed towards creating clean and harmonious energy in order to welcome and anchor the blessings of the New Year. As with any occasion, the colors one wears during the New Year celebration are considered important. Most Chinese people wear new clothes for the New Year celebration to honor the birth of new energy. Wearing specific colors each year based on the energy of the ruling zodiac sign/animal of the New Year is also a popular custom.
Food, of course, is a big part of the New Year’s celebrations with a variety of traditional dishes served because of their meaning and association with specific energies. For example “fish” in Cantonese sounds like “abundance“, so there is always a fish dish at the Chinese New Year celebration. The uncut noodles symbolize a long life, while the many sweet dishes are expressions of hope for sweetness in the New Year. The mandarin oranges are a must at the Chinese New Year table because they are a symbol of good luck, also called golden luck.
The morning after the New Year’s day many traditional red envelopes with a bit of money in them are given to children and friends. This symbolizes a helping hand from the older generation to the younger one, as well as the wishes for prosperity and financial well-being. Small gifts are also exchanged between family members and friends. The Chinese New Year celebration lasts for 15 days with the Festival of Lanterns being the culmination of this big holiday. This is the day when hundreds of candles are lit to symbolize the coming of the fresh light of the New Year.
Either you choose to follow the traditional Chinese customs for celebrating the New Year or not, what is really important is to have your heart open to welcome a brand new beginning. And, of course, to have your space reflect this freshness and openness with a good feng shui flow of energy in it.