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

Lantern Day is Here !

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Today is the last day of Chinese New Year. Many Asian cultures are celebrating world wide.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.

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Today is also a Full Moon, An Eclipse and a Comet will be the close to the Earth, lie never before !! Emotions maybe 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 then 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

Day Twelve of Chinese New Year

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We are 2 days away form  to the end of Chinese New Year. Friday is also the Full Moon  and the celebration. Visit your local Asian Market, and pick up some supplies. 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 Wealth

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Chinese Coins  to go in the  Envelope !

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Lucky Bamboo for Prosperity

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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!!