Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming up on Saturday, January 28th. Get out your chopsticks and green tea to celebrate a tradition centuries old.

Chinese Lion Dance

Chinese Lion Dance

Some facts about the Chinese New Year Festival:

  • The date of the celebration (which could last up to a week) changes each year but it always falls between January 21st and February 20th. The date is determined by the Chinese Lunar calendar.
  • Chinese New Year is celebrated in many countries besides China, such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Korea, the Philippines, Macau, Malaysia, etc.
  • Chinese New Year has the world’s biggest annual fireworks display to scare away evil spirits. China invented fireworks in the 7th Century and now produces about 90% of the world’s fireworks. fireworks
  • Some no-no’s of the festival include washing your hair or clothes, in the fear that you will wash away good luck, and sweeping your house because you might sweep away wealth. Any washing, sweeping, cooking and cleaning are done before the festival to start the new year out at your best.

Chinese fish lanterns

So decorate with red and yellow lanterns, eat some Chinese food and watch a Jackie Chan martial arts movie to entice a little good luck and wealth your way for 2017.

Jackie Chan

Happy Chinese New Year everyone! (Be sure to let me know which martial arts movie you watch)

 

If you are interested in Feng Shui, check out these posts: Feng Shui Intuitive Collage and Ten Feng Shui Tips for Love and Romance

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

This week’s Daily Post photo challenge involves what we see as graceful. To me, one of the most graceful forms is water. Water that laps at the shore from lakes and oceans. Water that trips over the stones in a creek bed. Water that flows over cliffs as a waterfall.

creek

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Ohiopyle State Park, PA

My sons climbing up under the falls at Ohiopyle State Park, PA

Letchworth State Park, NY

Letchworth State Park, NY

Lake Erie, PA

Lake Erie, PA

Niagara Falls, NY

Niagara Falls, NY

There is so much in nature that is graceful. Be sure to take time to enjoy it.

New Year – New Look

Happy New Year everyone!

Use the new year as a clean slate, the possibilities are endless. One of my plans is to update, freshen and spruce up my websites and blogs.

painter penquin

I’m the type to move furniture around every couple of months and change my desktop designs more often than I change my socks (just kidding). So sprucing up your online presence keeps things fresh and professional.

You can take this updating and sprucing concept into all facets of your life.

  • Changing your wardrobe does not require spending oodles of money. Just deciding to add a rainbow of scarfs to your outfits or accessorizing with colorful jewelry will give you a fresh look.  scarf
  • A simple can of paint can transform a room, even if you only paint an accent wall. Can’t paint? Changing your curtains, throw pillows or bed linens can work just as well. *Remember: Recycle and Reuse! Check out thrift and resale stores for cheaper options and reduce your carbon footprint.*
  • Change the direction you drive to work.  hippy van
  • Change your hairstyle, hair color or highlights. Are you a closet red-head or willing to add purple highlights? Go as daring as you want. Even lightening your hair a few shades could give you a lift.  pink hair
  • Spruce up your love life with fresh, new lingerie; lace, leather, white, black, see-thru…whatever you feel sexy in.

So what will you change in 2017?

To see what I’m doing on my other websites: (be sure to let me know what you think!)

Here’s to a wonderful, fresh 2017!