Gong Xi Fa Cai! It’s the first day of the Lunar Year (more like the second day when I publish this). In Sydney, the Chinese new year has been a celebration of arts. The Sydney’s Chinese New Year Festival, in its 20th year, is a program filled with cultural events, the Lunar markets and feasts, Dragon Boat Races, exhibitions and entertainment, most of them free.
This is the year of the fire monkey, and being born in the year of the tiger, I would need heaps of amulets and charms to attract good luck this year. I got some tips from The Sydney Morning Herald to ensure a prosperous year ahead:
- Clean the house thoroughly on Sunday, New Year’s Eve. A clean home means sweeping away any misfortunes to make room for a fresh, ordered start to the New Year. (Oops! Too late for that)
- Decorate your home with red lanterns and the “Fu” or luck character. (I wrote “Fu” in my whiteboard)
- Eat fish, which is essential to the reunion feast. The words for carp sound like “good luck” and “gift”. (I had sushi!)
- Paste spring festival couplets around your front door, calling for blessings on the home and land. Written on red paper in black or gold calligraphy, the scrolls must have parallel structures and antithetical meanings, such as: “丹凤呈祥龙献瑞 Dragon and phoenix bring the prosperity / 红桃贺岁杏迎春 Peach and apricot blossoms welcome the spring / 福满人间 Blessing on the Land”. (I will keep this in mind next year)
- Wear new clothes. Out with the old, in with the new – particularly if they are bright, happy colours. Red symbolises prosperity, so monkeys are advised to wear red (underwear included) to up their good fortune quotients. (✓)
- Give red envelopes, or “hongbao” stuffed with money. (x)
- Set off firecrackers to drive away evil spirits. (I don’t want to start a bushfire though.)
- See a dragon or lion dance and pray for the year ahead at the temple. (Saw the mother of dragons in a trailer as a nurse. Why Emilia? Why?)
- Settle debts by New Year. Fresh starts are no time to be beholden to others. (No chance)
Hope these tips help you guys to be lucky. For much stronger luck attraction charms and amulets can help. Check out uniquefenshui.com with their feng shui forcast according to your zodiac. I already have the five element pagoda to suppress the Illness Star (I had this as a key chain for years didn’t know what its for lol) and the Sutra Pillar Necklace made of tiger eye stones (got this from Thailand as a souvenir), helps to mitigate the negative influence of the Five Yellow (I don’t know what this is, just google it Lol) which engenders harms and misfortune and to invoke the protection of local spirits ( I’m not sure if I want to involve the local spirits).
Wish you all a prosperous year!
Disclaimer: These Feng Shui practices are just suggestions and are not 100% to bring you good luck. Remember fortune favours the bold and the hardworking!