Chinese New Year: Shopping for the Lantern Festival

We are getting closer to the end of Chinese New Year. March 1st, this is the full moon and the celebration. Visit your local Chinatown, and pick up some red lanterns.

Enjoy your time with friends and family, eat good food, and create some memories this weekend.

What to Buy:

Joss Paper for Writing Intentions

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Red Envelopes to Share Money

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and Lanterns of course 1!

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Day Nine of Chinese New Years

The Jade Emperor

We are on the Day Nine, the number of completion.

The Jade Emperor’s Birthday is said to be the ninth day of the first lunar month.

On this day Taoist temples hold a Jade Emperor ritual ( “heaven worship”) at which blessing are done, incense is burnt and make food offerings are made.

What to do?

  1. Burn your favorite incense,
  2. Eat one of your favorite foods
  3. and offer a blessing or a prayer of gratitude.

To learn more about the Jade Emperor click on the link below

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jade_Emperor

Chinese New Year: Day Seven

Today is day  7 of Chinese New Years. In the bible, on the 7th day God rested. To the Chinese, this is the Birthday of all Humans!  So, I think a birthday cake is in short order. The Chinese believe in order for you to have a good life, you must eat good food, so you can go to work, and give your job the best effort possible. Day 7 & * are ” Foodie Heaven” days.

The Farmer’s Market will be buzzing with people preparing for fresh and healthy meals today. There is also a traditional drink that is made from 7 fruits and vegetables and consumed on this day. I wonder if that is where the famous juice V8 came from?

Another traditional food that is eaten on this day is Raw fish (  symbolic for success ) and Noodles ( symbolic for longevity).

What to do today:

  • Have Cake
  • Have a big bowl of noodles
  • Have a 7 Juice Drink……….Foodie Heaven !!

Day Six of Chinese New Year

 

“Fu” is certainly a lucky word for Chinese. It means fortune, luck, blessings and happiness. The tradition of pasting the character “Fu” on walls, doors and doorposts especially during Chinese New Year has existed among Chinese for such a long time. Chinese like to paste the “Fu” character calligraphed on red paper upside down intentionally.

Fu(福) is written on the paper squares, which can be pasted normally or upside down, for in Chinese the “reversed fu” is homophonic with “fu dao le” pronounced as “fu comes”. The upside down fu becomes a pun that implies “good fortune has arrived”. Thus, the paper squares represent the “arrival” of spring and the “coming” of a prosperous year.

The two  legends of the origin of Upside-down “Fu” Character

It also said that Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang (founder of Ming dynasty) once used the character “fu(福)” as a hidden signal to prepare killing someone. The kind-hearted Empress Ma decided to eliminate the tragedy of killing, so she ordered everyone in the city to put a label with the character “fu 福” on the door of their house before the sun rises the next day.

Everyone followed Empress Ma´s order, but one family is illiterate and pasted the label with the character “fu 福” upside down. On the 2nd day, the emperor ordered his officer to go to the city and found that every family had pasted the label with the character “fu 福”, and with one family having the character “fu 福” upside down.

The emperor was very angry and ordered that family be executed. Empress Ma realized the incidence and told the emperor “that family knew you´re coming today, so purposely turn the label upside down. Isn´t that the same meaning as ´Luck arrives´?” After hearing this, the emperor immediately released the family and a tragedy was averted. From then on, people began to paste the label with the character “fu 福” with the purpose of hoping for auspiciousness, and another to honor Empress Ma.

Here is the other Legend…………………

During Spring Festival originate in Jiang Ziya of the Zhou Dynasty (11th Century-256 B.C.). When Jiang Ziya was made a god, his wife demanded to be made a goddess. “After I married you I was always in poverty in my life,” Lord Jiang said. “Seems you are destined to be poor. So let me appoint you as the Goddess of Poverty.”

Not knowing what being the Goddess of Poverty held in store for her, his wife was nevertheless happy about becoming a goddess. Cheerfully, she asked, “Now that I´m the Goddess of Poverty, where shall be my domain?” Jiang replied, “You are off limits wherever there is good fortune.”

When the residents got word of Jiang´s instruction, they wrote the character “fu”on paper and pasted it on the doors and windows of their houses to keep the Goddess of Poverty away. Thus pasting ´fu” during the Spring Festival became a Chinese tradition.

Have some fun today!

Print this blog post, and print out the different variations of “Fu”. Then hang it upside down and pace in a window or on your door.

Stay Golden, Janet

Day Five of Chinese New Year

Today is 5th Day of our Chinese New Year Celebration

This day is called, “Po Woo.”  In northern China, people eat Jiǎozi or dumplings.Dumpling, or Jiaozi in Chinese, is one of the most representative Chinese food.

The food can be dated back two thousand years ago. It is quite popular in China and also loved by most of the foreign tourists. The most famous dumpling serving is in Xian. Xi’an Dumpling Banquet is brought forth new ideas in its color, fragrance, taste, and style;

This “Po Woo.”   day people stay home in anticipation of welcoming wealth into their house This is also the birthday of the Chinese God of Wealth

In Mainland China, no one visits friends and family for fear this will bring bad luck to each other Taiwan, businesses traditionally re-open on this day, accompanied by firecrackers.

What to do ?

Go to work! Be sure to use your wealth affirmations, see yourself as a money magnet, and be grateful for the wonderful gifts life has to offer.

Stay Tuned !!! Days 6- 10 is  all about partying with friends and Family