Thinking on ways to usher in abundance and prosperity this Year of the Monkey? Head to Lucky Chinatown this weekend to perform these 8 Lucky Rituals!
Chinese New Year revelers can find good luck to start the Year of the Monkey with 8 Lucky Rituals at Lucky Chinatown. From writing a wish on a wishing wall to lighting the first incense of the Year, Lucky Chinatown is the best place to attract luck and send wishes for a healthier and more prosperous 2016.
1. Toss a coin at the Prosperity Garden
Visit the Prosperity Garden at the Lucky Chinatown Walk, with the Prosperity Tree and lucky coins. Toss a coin here and make a wish for good fortune.
2. Lighting of the first incense at Buddha’s altar
Incense symbolizes the fragrance of pure moral conduct and reminds everyone to cultivate good conduct in their daily lives. Buddhists believe that lighting the first incense of the year can make one’s New Year wish come true. Lucky Chinatown is inviting mall goers to join the Chinese New Year Countdown Program with a Feng Shui Talk from Johnson Chua at 11PM on February 7 at the Lucky Chinatown Walk and to light the 1st incense of the year at Buddha’s Shrine at midnight.
3. Complete the Fire Dragon
In Chinese culture, the dragon is an extremely powerful protector, representing success, wealth, prosperity, good luck in love and spiritual growth. It is believed to create celestial Chi and bring good fortune into homes and workplaces.
To celebrate the Year of the Monkey, Lucky Chinatown is inviting all mall goers to complete its Giant Fire Dragon by placing a stick of incense on the Fire Dragon Frame. The Fire Dragon will be lit up at midnight of February 7 to welcome the Chinese New Year and bring in powerful good luck energies into everyone’s life.
4. Visit the God of Wealth
Make a wish for good money fortune to Cai Shen, god of wealth. Cai Shen is believed to be the accountant guarding the treasury of heaven; he is often shown dressed as a civil official, wearing a minister’s gauze cap and embroidered robe, holding a Ru Yi (an S-shaped ornamental object usually made of jade, a symbol of good luck) and gold or silver ingots.
5. Ring the Good Luck Gong
Gongs and chimes have often served as tools to begin and end meditating sessions; its soothing sound help calm the mind and relax the soul. Sound the Good Luck gong and find inner peace and luck for the Year of the Monkey.
6. Treat yourself to Lucky Food
Traditional Chinese New Year food is filled with symbolism, from noodles meaning long life to chicken symbolizing family togetherness. Celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey by eating lucky food at the different dining establishments in Lucky Chinatown.
7. Write down a wish at the Wishing Wall
Check out the Wishing Wall at the Chinatown Walk, purchase an ema board and post your message for good health, luck and success during the Year of the Horse.
8. Pass under the Lantern
Chinese lanterns not only provide light but are symbols of vitality, good luck and the wish for a brighter future. Lucky Chinatown has a created a Fire Monkey Lantern to symbolize our wishes for a bright and prosperous year ahead and is inviting mallgoers to pass under the Lantern and make their own wish for the New Year.
But wait, there’s more!
Visit the 2nd and 3rd floor of Lucky Chinatown Mall and check out the various booths where you can buy treats like nuts, tikoy, hopia, low flight rates from AirAsia and also get to consult a really good fortune teller to give you a forecast for the Year of the Monkey!
For more information on Lucky Chinatown’s Chinese New Year celebration, please call the Lucky Chinatown concierge at 576-8139 or visit www.