If you’re feeling like the year is already speeding by, and you never quite got around to setting goals and intentions for 2018, the Lunar New Year is the perfect time to hit the reset button and start over. Billions of people all over the world celebrate this celestial holiday. That’s a lot of intention and positive efforts aligning to start a new lunar calendar with good luck and good fortune.
The Lunar New Year has been celebrated for over 4,000 years. It falls anywhere from four to six weeks after the end of the Western calendar year. This year it falls on Friday, February 16th as we usher in the Year of the Dog.
This is the perfect time to reflect on the past year and assess where we truly want our attention and energy to go and flow in the coming months.
The Year of the Dog emphasizes loyalty, stability, intuition and love. Sounds good, right? So let’s tap into this ancient celebration with three simple but powerful things to prepare yourself and your home. These are a few of the traditional ways that the Chinese have used for centuries to prepare for the New Year and its bundles of good luck, health and prosperity.
1. Sweep out the old.
There’s no easy way to say it: cleaning house is one of best ways to welcome in new luck and opportunity. Give away clothes you no longer wear. Toss anything that’s broken. Scour the stove and oven ‘til they shine. Give the front door and porch a good sweeping. Wash windows with an eco-friendly blend of 50/50 white vinegar and water.
You’re letting go of the old, and making space for the new. Open windows to let fresh air circulate around your home.
Do all your decluttering and cleaning before February 16th. It’s considered bad luck to clean on the first few days of the New Year. That means you get the whole weekend off from cleaning!
2. Buy a new outfit.
Shopping as a New Year tradition? Yes, please!
The Chinese wear a new outfit and shoes on New Year’s Day to represent new beginnings. This year, add metallic jewelry to your ensemble. (The elements for the Year of the Dog are earth, fire and metal.) Wear red to symbolize joy and happiness.
Come in to our Feeling Groovy boutique for a new blouse or bracelet!
3. Decorate your home with flowers and tangerines.
Once your cleaning is done, it’s time to enhance the power of the new! Decorate your home with flowers and bowls of citrus fruit, especially tangerines. Tangerines are said to symbolize luck, prosperity and good fortune. You’ll see bowls of these fruits by the front door and on the dining table in Chinese homes.
Flowers are also full of symbolism of new life and opening to opportunity. These blooms have even more significance for the New Year:
- Orchids – nobility
- Peonies – wealth and peace
- Narcissus (daffodils or jonquils) – good luck and money
- Pussy willows – silver and gold/wealth
- Chrysanthemums – long life
That’s real flower power!
Any of these things are also great to do any time you want to feel more grounded and aligned with new beginnings.
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Here’s to an abundant, auspicious and outrageous Year of the Dog!