Kung Hei Fat Choi!
This is the season when you hear everybody, not just Chinese, greeting each other ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’, which is not Happy New Year in Chinese. What it really means is ‘Wishing You Prosperity’.
Speaking of prosperity, every year, there are different rituals that one should do during Chinese New Year to attract prosperity and a good life. Some of them you do every year, but some changes depending on the year’s ruling sign.
Allow me to share the ‘must-do’ 2011 Feng Shui and Chinese Buddhism rituals to usher in the 2011 Lunar Year that has the ruling sign of the Metal Rabbit.
1. First and foremost, get a haircut before Feb. 3, 2011. This symbolizes that you are getting rid of all the unwanted energies of the previous year and ushers in a new energy for the coming lunar year.
2. Do a Spring-cleaning. Clean your house, your room, and your office. This is to create a new atmosphere of positive energy.
3. Just a day before Chinese New Year (Feb, 3, 2011) take away all your Feng Shui charms that is in the house. Clean them and put them on the altar or on a table in front of the altar.
4. On Chinese New Year’s day tie them (Feng Shui Charms) with a new red ribbon and place them on the new Flying Star section.
5. Make sure all the lights in your house are turned on on the eve of Chinese New Year. If possible keep them on until Feb. 3, 2011 evening. Turn them off just when you’re about to sleep on Feb. 3, 2011. If this is not possible please make sure to keep them on until about 3am of Feb. 3, 2011.
6. Make sure all the doors and windows of your house are open. UNLESS, THE DOOR OR WINDOW HAPPENS TO FACE EAST.
7. If possible go to a Chinese Buddhist temple, or a Taoist temple and light incense between 11pm of Feb. 2, 2011 to 1am of Feb. 3, 2011. If this is not possible the next best time is between 7am and 9am of Feb. 3, 2011.
8. However, if it’s not possible for you to go out, every member of your family should light three red incense on your altar. For Catholics, you can light a candle. Just make sure you don’t burn anything.
9. ALL PEOPLE BORN UNDER THE SIGN OF THE ROOSTER MUST STAY INSIDE THE HOUSE ON THE EVE OF CHINESE NEW YEAR. BUT PLEASE DO GO TO A TEMPLE OR A CHURCH BETWEEN 7AM AND 9AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.
10. On Feb 2, 2011 prepare the following:
Get 1 liter of water, put it on a basin or jar and put three different flowers in it. Make sure that the flower has no thorns. Put the jar or basin in front of your altar. If you don’t have an altar please put it on Northeast corner of your house. Sprinkle your house with this flower essence water between 7am and 9am of Feb. 3, 2011.
Get a tikoy, three pieces each of nine different fruits, onion leaks with roots (if possible), Chinese Cabbage or Pechay with roots (if possible), 1 RED bowl of rice grains, 1 RED bowl of salt, 1 Red bowl of sugar, 1 RED bowl of cooking oil, three bottles of beer or three shot glasses of liquor, 3 whole garlic with roots (if possible), 28 pieces of sweet candy (please make sure its not mentholated or has mint or eucalyptus flavor). Put these items on your dining table and leave it there for three days. You can take it out on Feb. 5, 2011 and eat them.
11. On Feb. 3, 2011 the whole family should all try to wear red and enjoy a meal together before 9am.
12. The eldest or the head of the house should give out Ang Pao or Red Envelopes with money to all the people in the house. It need not be a big amount.
13. On the fifth day of the Chinese New Year, which is on Feb. 7, 2011, it will be great if you can offer incense and fruits to a deity and ask for wealth blessing. Because this is the first wealth day of the year.
14. On Feb. 11, 2011, which is the ninth day of the Chinese New Year, we celebrate the Jade Emperor’s Day (more about the Jade Emperor on future posts). Chinese Buddhist or Taoist people should go to the temple and light some incense and offer fruits. Rooster and Rabbit born people whose Feng Shui forecasts for this year is not very positive should go to the temple and asks for the Jade Emperor’s blessings and protection. For Catholics, you can go to church and pray to an image of Christ the King.
15. On the fifteenth day of the Chinese New Year, which is on Feb. 17, 2011, is also termed as Chap Goh Meh. A lot of Taoist priest will be doing their Tai Sui Blessing on this day. It will also be nice to donate blood on this day to help clean out your negative or bad karma. People born under the sign of the rooster and rabbit will also greatly benefit if donate blood or attend a Tai Sui blessing.