Not Chinese? Doesn’t matter. I like to have tacos on Cinco de Mayo but I’m not Hispanic. I love pierogies even though I’m not Polish. So, I like to celebrate Chinese New Year even though I’m not Chinese. And you can too.
Fireworks are set off at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve to “ward off monsters” and bad luck. Then are set off again in the morning to welcome the new year and good luck. I love fireworks!
You get to eat dumplings and/or spring rolls. Yum!
Lots of red decorations. I love the color of red 🙂
During the festival it is taboo to sweep or clean! Ha, a reason not to clean. What’s better than that? You don’t want to sweep away your good fortune.
I also enjoy decorating with Feng Shui in mind. Not familiar with Feng Shui? Check out this link and this link.
Want a lucky 2018? Why not try a few of these tips…
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arrangement in relation to the flow of energy.
(To learn more about Feng Shui, check out the sites listed at the end of this post)
Lucky Colors to wear for 2018
The lucky colors for this year are of the Earth and Fire element:
Mix these colors in your outfits and you may swing some luck your way this year. Nervous about a big interview or presentation? Why not use these colors to help boost your confidence?
Tips for the home or office:
Clutter is a no-no. The secret to good energy is flow. It needs to flow through your house or office without running into too many obstacles. So, clean out your house or office of unnecessary or broken items. I could never be 100% a minimalist but I know I feel better when my house is cleared of clutter.
Get rid of negative energy. You should not keep any items that have negative memories attached to them. A souvenir from a trip with an ex-boyfriend or an old cast from your broken leg while on a ski trip, can all promote negative energy for you. Throw them away. Try to keep only items that have happy memories attached or items representing a goal you wish to achieve.
Let the fresh air in! Nothing dissolves stale energy like fresh air. I know people who never crack a window – it’s either the heat or air system on all year-long. Fresh air brings much-needed humidity into the dry winter air and in the summer you need to sweep out allergens and dust to sleep better. Figure out the direction of your wind and open the windows in that direction and directly opposite to create a refreshing cross breeze.
Let the sun shine in. Let as much natural light into your house or office to raise your mood and flood the space with positive energy. If you have a room with no windows or an inadequate window, you can still mimic natural light with light-colored walls and decor items such as a poster of a bright sunny day. Banish the doom and gloom from your world! These are just a few things you can do to improve your life energy. If you try any of these tips, be sure to let me know how it goes for you.
To read some of my other Feng Shui sites, check these out:
If anyone else is in the same boat as we are, moving into a new home, these Feng Shui tips could help make the transition smoother. Feng Shui is all about balancing the energy in a room, house or office. Even if we aren’t aware of it, humans are influenced and affected by the arrangement of things and colors around us.
Clean the house, inside and out. Everyone would do well to start living in a clean environment. Open the windows to let fresh air throughout the house for at least nine minutes to clear out any negativity.
Orange Essential Oil. Sprinkle, diffuse or spray a little orange essential oil throughout the house to encourage positivism.
Bless or Dedicate the house. This can range from having your pastor or priest come and bless the house to you going clockwise room to room and focusing on the happy memories you will create in your new house.
Pay particular attention to the kitchen. A good, strong kitchen will ensure health and happiness for all who live or visit the house. Add a few fresh herb plants, keep a fruit bowl filled with fresh, colorful fruit on the table and keep the kitchen clean and bright.
These tips will get you started. If you’re interested in tips on arranging furniture, you can visit these sites: