Happy Chinese new year in February! Officially the lunar new year begins on Friday 16th February, year of the brown earth dog.
The focus for 2018 is all about justice; following the rules of fair play for all; a dog symbol of intelligence, protection, loyalty and hard work. This is a sensitive period for activists, students, or people who feel deprived of hope or socially excluded will demonstrate radical changes and social reform. Many of us will focus on real estate, agriculture, environmental matters, and express integrity with all religious or spiritual issues. 2018 is a stepping stone for 2019, so plan well with anything that will lay foundations for your future benefits. It’s also great for that lifestyle change such as quit smoking, change residence, start business ventures and so on.
With the official start to the Chinese New year being Fri 16th February, there are some popular Chinese customs that may be of interest to you. Anything to bring on good luck! Here is a fun list to consider.
- Have a haircut before the new year begins to “cut away the old stuff that you don’t want”
- Buy yourself some new clothes or anything new to symbolise you are worthy of the “new” to start the year
- Spend time with family and friends and let them know you are thinking of them and wish them good luck and prosperity for the year ahead
- Do all house work prior to the new year to allow a “fresh start”. Whatever you do, do not do house work especially sweep the floor or scrub the toilet, as this symbolises that is what you will be doing all year as the new year brings in fresh energies of good luck, health and prosperity!
- Eat some of these foods to symbolise good luck. Rice means abundance from the earth, Seafood/fish means abundance from the ocean, Noodles symbolises longevity, Sweet and Sour dishes symbolises many generations to come, and Dessert to leave your lips and tongue sweet, to speak sweet words this year!
So enjoy the celebrations and allow 2018 to be an amazing year for all!