The New Year means new beginnings for everyone. Starting fresh enables us to make changes that will hopefully bring more blessings in the year to come.
In Feng Shui, the New Year calls for ushering new energy to bring about abundance and success. To do that, below are eight essential ways to welcome the Year of the Wooden Sheep.
1. General cleaning and cleansing. Prepare your home with a general cleaning of the entire house, and getting rid of any clutter lying around. Check and throw away broken appliances or gadgets. Broken objects and shabby surroundings invite poverty. Do your cleaning before New Year’s Day itself then when you’re done, “cleanse” the premises by burning incense.
2. Wear red for power and green for wealth.
3. Get a new haircut. A new hairdo will help activate the Peach Blossom Star of Romance, especially for single people who hope to find their special someone this year.
4. Prepare a bountiful spread. Celebrating New Year’s Eve in a bountiful manner guarantees a year of prosperity. Meat, fish and greens should be represented, and different types of fruits and cakes will bring in good luck. Don’t forget to leave some leftovers of each dish at the end of the meal as this will symbolize that the family will not run out of food for the rest of the year.
5. Have 12 different kinds of fruits on the table. Choose 12 kinds of fruits to symbolize each month of the year. As a guide, take note of the following:
Pineapple is a must because the Hokkien word for pineapple is ang-i, which means “fortune comes.”
Orange represents gold in Chinese tradition; round shaped, it is the fruit that signifies money.
Apples are called “ping” in Chinese, which means harmony.
Grapes represent luxury; traditionally, the fruit was eaten by kings and royalty.
Bananas come in clusters to means unity. Its yellow color stands for happiness.
The sweetness of ripe mangoes signifies the sweet relationship among family members
The lemon’s fragrance and essence are known to cleanse or remove negative vibes.
The watermelon’s color symbolizes prosperity and its many seeds represent abundance.
Papaya like oranges symbolizes gold.
The lychee’s round, red body signifies happiness and good fortune.
The avocadoes’ green or purple color signifies prosperity.
6. Check plumbing and electrical systems. Any leaks in your pipes and faucets correlate to your leaks in finances. Light bulbs, outlets and switches should be in good condition. Burned out light bulbs and faulty wirings signify poor chi flow, which is also said to affect luck.
7. Give out red envelopes or “ampao.” These small, red money envelopes decorated with gold Chinese characters are given by elders to young children o on the eve Chinese New Year. The money inside represents “payment” to appease ghosts so they will not harm the ampao’s recipient. Thus, the ampao symbolizes a gift of protection and good luck.
8. Make loud noise. The Chinese believe that noise drive away evil spirits at the beginning of the Lunar New Year.
About the author
Master Hanz Cua holds a diploma as a Feng Shui Master Practitioner with prominent businesses in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Vietnam and the Philippines as a Feng Shui expert. Influenced by his father, Master Oa Man Ming, also a well-known Feng Shui master in Hong Kong and China, Master Cua specializes in Bazi (Chinese destiny reading) and I-Ching from Singapore. He is also a graduate from the Lilian Too Consultant Institute where he took up his Master Practitioner Course.