Today is Lantern Day and The End of Chinese New Year

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Today is the last day of Chinese New Year. Many Asian cultures are celebrating worldwide.This is also a day for lovers. It is also the Snow Full Moon !!

Here is another legend of the origins of this much loved holiday.

There once was a maid named Yuan Xiao, who was a maid in the emperor’s palace during the Han Dynasty. One day a man heard her crying as she was about to jump to her death. She was depressed because she never got the chance to see her family so she wanted to die. The man promised to help her see her family again.

To do so, he set up a fortune-telling booth in town and everyone who went seeking their fortune was given the same fortune: a fire would occur on January 15. He said the God of Fire would send a fairy dressed in red to burn down the town. The fairy would be riding a black horse. Then, Yuan Xiao pretended to be the fairy. She came to town Jan. 13 with a decree to give to the Emperor informing him the city would be burned down.

The emperor didn’t know what to do, so he asked the man for advice. He told the emperor that the God of Fire liked to eat tangyuan (湯圓). Tangyuan are sweet, round dumpling made with glutinous rice flour and filled with sweet sesame, peanut, or red bean paste. The man said everyone in town should make tangyuan to worship the God of Fire and also hang red lanterns and light firecrackers. Then, everyone should walk outside to see the decorations.

The emperor followed the instructions. Yuan Xiao’s parents were among the people who came to the emperor’s palace to admire the decorations. While there, they were reunited with Yuan Xiao and the emperor declared the day a success and turned it into an annual holiday. Since Yuan Xiao cooked the best tasting tangyuan, the festival became known as Yuan Xiao.

Today is also a Full Moon, and emotions may be running high, so just relax and light some candles in the evening. Because it is a Full Moon, you may want to write a list of things you want to release from your life on Joss Paper, and tear them up or burn it in a safe place. This allows that energy to be released so you can start anew.

Joss Paper from Asian Market

Joss Paper from Asian Market

Before The Full Moon Lantern Festival

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We are just a few days before the Lantern Festival and  Full Moon for the year of the Earth Dog. Asian communities all over the globe are shopping and celebrating.

Be sure to pick up your Joss Paper for wishes and Intentions for Midnight on Wednesday, along with your candles, red envelopes, coins and lucky bambo.

This is also the conclusion of the Chinese New Years Celebration.

Thank you for allowing me to share our Chinese New Years Celebration Newsletter. It has been a joy for me to share the culture, traditions, and insights of this Asian holiday season.

your-fortune_sayingimagesMany blessing to you and your family during the year of the Earth Dog

 

The Art of Life at Work Has Arrived

I am excited to share the completion of my latest book

: The Art of Life at Work”

It is dedicated to my loving family, who are  from the Midwest. Growing up they instilled in me the importance and value that a good day’s work brings.

The book consists of 40 quotes I have lived by whether it was during my days as a corporate citizen or an entrepreneur

It can be used as an inspirational or motivational tool, as well as a journal. As a journal, you will be able to capture your journey or private thoughts on any given day,

In the coming days, I will share how you can purchase your own copy of this labor of love.

I would like to acknowledge Marla Shaw for the beautiful cover and artwork throughout the book. In addition to her editorial guidance and gentle patience  during the completion of the book.

Stay Golden,

Dr. Janet Woods

Lyrid Meteor Showers This Weekend

This weekend the Lyrid Meteor showers will radiate the sky.. Observers will be rewarded with the sight of 18 or more meteors per hour before dawn from a dark sky location. Since the moon will be nearly to its new moon phase, with darker skies, viewing conditions will be amazing.  This is definitely the time to wish upon a star.

The Lyrid meteor shower has the distinction of being among the oldest of known meteor showers. Records of this shower go back for some 2,700 years. The ancient Chinese are said to have observed the Lyrid meteors “falling like rain” which is associates with the Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius in the year 687 BC.