Happy New Year!

While for some, New Year’s Day falls on January 1st. and if you follow Chinese New Year traditions, in 2016, it will fall on February 8th. Being early in the month of February this year, we thought we would give you ample time to prepare for the Chinese New Year celebrations. But first, let’s take a look at what 2016, Year of the Fire Monkey, looks like in Feng Shui terms. 

In advanced Feng Shui techniques, the Five Element Cycles are used for most enhancements and predictions. The Five Elements are five different categories of energy or “Chi” (Water, Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth).  Each Element has its own characteristics and relationship with the other four elements.  According to Chinese Five Elements Horoscopes, Monkey energy contains Metal and Water. Metal is connected to gold. Water is connected to wisdom and danger. Therefore, we will deal with more financial events in the year of the Monkey. Monkey is a smart, coy, wily and vigilant animal. If you want to have a good return

 for your money investments, then you need to outsmart the Monkey. Metal is also connected to the Wind. This implies the status of events will be changing very quickly. Think twice before you leap when making changes for your finances, career, business relationships and people relationships.

Preparing for the Chinese New Year 10 days before – Sweeping of the Grounds

   

Preparing for the Chinese New Year includes the annual ritual housecleaning or the “sweeping of the grounds”.  Every corner of the house must be swept and cleaned in preparation for the new year.  Put your intentions of “good wishes for the family” in black ink on red paper or red ribbons and put anywhere on or near the front door.  You can put them in a red envelope and tie to the front door handle.

The New Year celebration ends on the 22th of February with the Lantern Festival.

Some of the foods associated with the Chinese New Year celebrations include:

Mandarin oranges are a symbol of wealth and good fortune.  The Cantonese word for these oranges is a homonym for gold.

Whole steamed fish symbolizes long life and good fortune.  The word fish has a homonym meaning “surplus”.  (eg: having money left over after paying all the bills)

Baked goods with seeds symbolize fertility.

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Lucky dates for January 2016:  3, 9, 12, 16, 24, 28

Donna, Administrator, SHI