LUCKY FOODS for the DAY
Usual ways of spending the first day in an Asian culture would be to visit family members and share in wonderful morsels of food. REMEMBER: DO NOT COOK! Food should be prepared the day before so all can enjoy spending time together and not have to cook.
Here are some typical foods and what they represent:
- Dumplings (usually eaten at midnight) = Ring out the old year & ring in the new
- Whole poultry = Unity and good marriage between families
- Fish = Prosperity, unity (whole fish), Leaving leftovers for the next day = overflow prosperity
- Mandarin oranges = Family unity, attract wealth and success
- Fruit = Auspicious, Lucky
- Spring roll = Gold bars, wealth
- Mustard green, chard = Long life, longevity
- Rice cakes = Increasing prosperity year after year, growth in career, income, health, or height
- Long noodles = Longevity
- Dumplings = Wealth (looks like Gold Ingots, a form of money used in imperial days)
Additional, yet not typical foods:
- Peking Duck = Fidelity
- Sweet and Sour Pork = Desire for lots of grandchildren
- Lettuce wraps = Rising fortune
- Lion’s Head (very large) Meatballs = Power and strength, family togetherness
If you can, find some small Lucky Red Envelopes to give to family, friends and children to wish them a Happy New Year. You put money in them; then give them to these people as you wish them “Happy New Year!” They are to be put in your purse or wallet, kept there all year long and not spent. It is a money attracter to bring wealth and prosperity – Also, so you “will never be broke!”
ACTIVITIES for CHINESE NEW YEAR DAY
Think of all the things you’d like to do this coming year. Make a list. This is the time to set your intentions.
Some ideas might be: hike, go on a picnic, go sailing or boating, ride a bike, read a book, travel, visit the beach or mountains, enjoy a movie, spend time with your pets, plant a new tree or bulbs, give time to a charity, spend time with family or loved ones, discover a new wine or place to eat, etc. The list is endless!
I have some friends who decided they wanted more time in various natural settings. Hence, they drove to the mountains (Sierra Nevada Range) the day before. The next morning they walked a little in the foothills, jumped in the car, drove to the Sacramento Delta and kayaked. Then they drove to the Pacific Ocean to see marine life at a reserve, stopping along the way for some wine tasting and a walk through the vineyards. They finished the day watching the sunset at a luxury resort after a spa treatment and enjoying more wine, a gourmet dinner and exquisite dessert.
I do a little of everything I can think about that I’d like in my life the upcoming year. This makes for a very full day – one filled with joy. Some of the things I do are: take a walk (and try to go someplace I haven’t been before), talk to family & friends, play in my yard, read, write, take photos, eat great tasting food, maybe go to a restaurant for something wonderful, plan a vacation or trip, dream of things I want to do, and do some journaling.
Share a few things you are doing for the Lunar or Chinese New Year! I’d LOVE to hear what they are and energetically support you with your dreams!
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy Chinese New Year!