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

 

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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!

Evening Before The Full Moon Lantern Festival

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Today is the Evening before the Lantern Festival and  Full Moon  for the year of the Fire Rooster. Asian communities all over the globe are shopping and celebrating.

Be sure to pick up your Joss Paper for wishes and Intentions for Midnight tonight, 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 Fire Rooster

 

Day Ten of Chinese New Year: The Origins of the Lantern Festival

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The story about the origin of the festival goes like this. Buddhism first entered China during the reign of Emperor Mingdi of the Eastern Han Dynasty, in the first century.

Emperor Mingdi had a dream about a gold man in his palace. At the very moment when he was about to ask the mysterious figure who he was, the gold man suddenly rose to the sky and disappeared in the west. The next day, Emperor Mingdi sent a scholar to India on a pilgrimage to locate Buddhist scriptures.

After journeying thousands of miles,the scholar finally returned with some scriptures and detailed his journey. Emperor Mingdi  very impressed by what he heard ordered that a temple be built to house a statue of Buddha and serve as a repository for the scriptures. Emperor Mingdi ordered his subjects to display lighted lanterns during what was to become the Lantern Festival.

Throughout the Han Dynasty (206 BC-AD 220), Buddhism flourished in China. One emperor heard that Buddhist monks would watch sarira, or remains from the cremation of Buddha’s body, and light lanterns to worship Buddha on the 15th day of the 1st lunar month, so he ordered to light lanterns in the imperial palace and temples to show respect to Buddha on this day. Later, the Buddhist rite developed into a grand festival among common people and its influence expanded from the Central Plains to the whole of China.Today, the lantern festival is  held each year around the globe. Lanterns of various shapes and sizes are hung in the streets, attracting countless visitors

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Guessing lantern riddles”is an essential part of the Festival. Lantern owners write riddles on a piece of paper and post them on the lanterns. If visitors have solutions to the riddles, they can pull the paper out and go to the lantern owners to check their answer. If they are right, they will get a little gift. The activity emerged during people’s enjoyment of lanterns in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). As riddle guessing is interesting and full of wisdom.

Visit your local China Town, or Cost-Plus Global Market or Pier One and pick up some Red Lanterns, and create your own riddles and festive party with Friends and Family!!

Evening Before The Full Moon Lantern Festival

Today is the Evening before the Lantern Festival and  Full Moon  for the year of the Wood Sheep. Asian communities all over the globe are shopping and celebrating.

Be sure to pick up your Joss Paper for wishes and Intentions for Midnight tonight, along with your candles.

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 Wood Sheep