Shopping for New Years

We are 7 days away from Chinese New Year. Time to go shopping !! Visit your local Asian Market or China Town. It will be busy as families prepare for a fresh start. Here are just a few things you may want to pick up.

My favorite item to shop for is “Red Envelopes”. Red envelopes are mainly presented at social and family gatherings such as the Lunar New Year. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off bad luck. Money is place in the envelope and given as a blessing. There is also a belief that whatever you put in , will come back to you three fold!

Time to get your red outfit for New Year Eve! To welcome the birth of the New Year, the Chinese celebrate with a completely ” New” Outfit., and with a hint of “Red” This color is omnipresent in every aspect of New Years!Everthing from Lanterns, stationary, tassels and attire..

Red is a sign of good luck because of its association with fire, the sun, and life energy. It is believed to be the color”Demons” fear the most.

Stay away from wearing all black or all white.These colors are reserved for funerals.A favorite combination for women in 2011 is the colors Pink & Red . Men put on those Red Ties, and” Tiger Woods ‘ Sunday Red Golf Shirts.

Chinese New Year ends with a full moon and the Lantern Festival. You will want to get yours early, so you can pick from a larger variety.

There are many different beliefs about the origin of the Lantern Festival, however, it is certain that it had something to do with celebrating and cultivating positive relationships between people, families, nature and the higher beings that were believed to be responsible for bringing or returning the light each year.

One legend tells us that it was a time to worship Taiyi, the God of Heaven in ancient times. The belief was that the God of Heaven controlled the destiny of the human world. He had sixteen dragons at his beck and call and he decided when to inflict drought, storms, famine or pestilence upon human beings. Beginning with Qinshihuang, the first emperor to unite the country, all the emperors ordered splendid ceremonies each year. The emperor would ask Taiyi to bring favorable weather and good health to him and his people

So have fun shopping and exploring.

on Saturday we will be blessing your Kitchen !!

(From Wikipedia)

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