Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year or Spring Festival
The first reason why The Chinese New Year is celebrated is the arrival of the Spring, hence the name Spring Festival. We’ve had the solciste in December, the days are getting longer and the festival celebrates the beginning of a new year, unlike our modern gregorian calendar, it follows the traditional Chinese lunisolar calendar.
The dates change every year, depending how on the lunar and solar cycle falls, and this year it will start on Sunday 22nd January.
Chinese believe in ancient legends and so the second reason for the celebrations is about the story from an ancient battle against the Nian (/nyen/, which sounds the same as ‘year’ in Chinese), a terrifying beast that showed up every Lunar New Year’s Eve to eat people and livestock. To scare away the monster, people displayed red paper, burned bamboo, lit candles, and wore red clothes. These traditions have been continued until the present time.
My duty as a Speaker is to lead you to success
The New Year celebration is a 14-day festival, and is centred around removing the bad and the old, and welcoming the new and the good. Telling stories, inspiring, empowering people to take the right action at the right time, as an motivational speaker is my responsibility to share with you.
Therefore here are some of the auspicious tips I suggest you take over the next few days in preparation of the Yin Water Rabbit year, which is arriving on Sunday. The Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace and prosperity. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope, unity, togetherness.
Prior New Year’s Day 9 steps to take
- Declutter every part of your home, from your wardrobe to your fridge
- Swipe, hoover, clean, from top to bottom
- Buy yourself a new wallet… add a pinch of Himalayan salt and cinnamon for prosperity
- Pay all your debts
- Create your vision board, using the bagua, what are your intentions for 2023
- Replace your Salt cure to absorb negative energies
- Resolve differences with relatives, family members, friends, business associates
- Buy a new outfit a RED is best, but you are NOT allowed to buy shoes for one month after Chinese New Year. Shoes or “needing” new shoes in the beginning of a year signifies an expectation of a bumpy year.
- Celebrate New Year’s eve with a delicious Chinese meal
New Year’s Day Celebrate 9 steps to take
- Pay respects to your ancestors. Set off firecrackers at midnight to send out the old year and welcome the new year.
- Open every door & window at midnight to let go of the old year
- 1st thing in your mouth is something sweet. You can create a Tray of Togetherness – a tray filled with 8 types of snacks, eg: pecan nuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds, peach kernels, plums, apricots, walnuts, and small ingots, but sweets can also be placed in the tray. All these symbolize abundance and prosperity.
- Offer a red envelope with some money to those you love around you (something ending with 8-prosperity number)
- Wear the color red for joy and happiness
- Replace your door welcome mat to welcome the new energy (if you have a business DO NOT have your name or logo, you will have people scrubbing their dirt on you all year!)
- Arrange a bowl of 9 tangerines or oranges in your home
- Place a laughing Buddha in the dining room, it will attract blessings and prosperity this year.
- Get yourself a new plant: orchids, hyacinths, peonies, bamboos for prosperity
Thanks and wishes of health and happiness
As we are stepping into the Spring Festival, it is the tradition to send messages of thanks and wishes of health and happiness to your loved ones for the coming year. So, here I am wishing you Health, Happiness, and Success for this 2023 Rabbit year. Hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come, with peace, love, joy and prosperity for you and your business.