Out with the old, in with the new!
New Years are all about fresh starts and purging of things, feelings, and beliefs that no longer serve you.
This 2017, as the year of the Fire Rooster draws close, we know you want to attract luck. We know you want to call upon prosperity. We know you want to open yourself to love. And because New Years are a chance to do things better and a little more differently than before, let’s stir things up this CNY, shall we?
Here are five lucky Chinese New Year rituals we’re pretty sure you haven’t tried before. This is the year.
5. Fill your home with fresh flowers and plants.
According to Chinese tradition, when the flowers blossom, so will your wealth. So this coming New Year, decorate your home with real fresh blossoms like your favorite flowering plants, orchids, and bamboo pots. These plants represent longevity, prosperity, luxury, and good fortune. Also, a house with lots of flowers have a more “warm” and “homey” atmosphere that greatly affects the mood of whoever lives in it.
4. Bathe in tea and pomelo leaves to wash away bad luck and bring good fortune.
Many Chinese people say it’s bad luck to shower during Chinese New Year. Okay, here’s what you do. The night before Chinese New Year, bathe with tea and pomelo leaves to wash away the bad luck and bring good fortune. Bathing symbolizes the washing away of dirt, bad energy, or bad luck.
Tea leaves are known to have medicinal healing properties, while “golden” colored fruits like oranges and pomelo are believed to bring good luck and prosperity. Just imagine that when you do this, you’ll be replacing all bad vibes with “golden” lucky energy.
3. If you are single, throw fruits into a river, lake, or ocean.
Single and looking for love? On Chap Goh Mei, the last day of the CNY celebration, go to a river, lake, or ocean and throw in some fruits. This practice is said to help you attract a good partner.
Set your intentions, make a wish, and ask for the perfect love you are looking for with each piece of fruit you throw in. In China, women traditionally throw oranges into the water while men use apples.
2. Do not buy new shoes on New Year’s Day.
Want to avoid rough patches in your entire year? Do not buy new shoes on New Year’s Day. Let yourself be grounded by keeping your feet planted firmly on the ground. If you need new shoes, buy a pair before New Year’s Day.
1. Exchange Red Envelopes.
Exchanging red envelopes with new and crisp bills means giving blessings of wealth and good fortune to each other. This is another major part in the Chinese New Year tradition. Of course you can practice this tradition or, if you’d like, perhaps kick it a notch higher by including a Sun Life Prosperity Card (pre-paid investment card for investing in mutual funds) in your red envelopes so your loved ones can begin their investing journey that grows in value over time.
New Years are all about change. A chance to start again, and dropping old habits that no longer serve us. But you can’t move forward by just letting go. To attract new and better things–like luck, love, and prosperity–action is needed. And who’s to say these Chinese New Year traditions don’t have their own dash of magic? Sure, action and hard work are essential; but with a little faith and a lot of luck, these Chinese New Year rituals could just bring about a brighter and more prosperous year for you.
Out with the old, in with the new!