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

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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!

Chinese New Year Celebration Day Three

Today is all about being the perfect Son-In-Law!

Husbands pay respect to their in-laws! mother in- laws receive red envelopes with money, yellow flowers, and oranges as gifts. The wife usually stays home to prepare for a family gathering, allowing the in-laws to enjoy time being honored by the son-in-law.