Got my house some dragon head bamboo for CNY. This plant which is believed to bring good luck, has been in high demand this Chinese New Year
The plant, which looks like the head of a dragon, has been selling very well this year.
I planted these Nga Ku or Arrowroot bulbs about two weeks before the start of the Lunar New Year and they have grown. My late Auntie May always made it a point to grow these Nga Ku plants on the 16th day of the 12th lunar month. She told me that it is a good sign if they start to grow on the first few days of the new year. This would signify a good and prosperous year ahead.
Since I planted them rather early, the Nga Ku plants started to grow just in time to welcome the new year.
The first day of the lunar New Year which falls on 10th February 2024 starts after the day of spring known as Lichun or Lap Chun (4th February 2024). Therefore, there is no Lichun this year. Feng Shui practitioners believe this is not too good for the year ahead. A year without Lichun is called 無春年(no spring year). 無春年is also known as 寡婦年(widow year) in northern China or 盲年 (blind year) in southern China. Marriage is believed to be unlucky in a year without Lichun. Also growth luck might not be too good during such a year.
What you need to do is to stimulate growth luck. How? Get lots of pussy willow, nga ku, lime plants and other auspicious plants and place them in your home.
Thank goodness that my plants are growing well. Yahoo!!!
ACTIVATING WEALTH STAR IN 2024
The #8 star ushers prosperity luck into the North, benefiting those born in the year of the Rat, as well as residents of North-facing homes, or those sleeping in North sector located bedrooms. The 8 brings improvements in cash flow and new opportunities for career and business growth. But because this star weakens considerably, being the star number of the immediate past period, it needs to be strongly activated for it to do its job.
Here are what you can do to activate wealth luck in the North sector of your house:
* place dragon symbols here.
* image of the digit 9
* use water element, e.g. picture of a drop of water, aquarium.
* colours that represent water, i.e. black and blue
* use metal element, e.g. windchime, brass, metallic objects.
* colours that represent metal, i.e. grey, copper, white, gold and silver.
Chinese New Year begins on 10th February 2024.
Lai Yoong and I went shopping for decorations to give our homes a festive feel. Red anx gold are the predominant colours. And so are banners and cut-outs
Chinese New Year gifts to our dear friend, Datin Teong Choo Yoong from Lai Yoong, Nalini and I.
It is customary practice for the Chinese to send gifts to our relatives and close friends during this festive season. Gift-giving during the new year is a form of love and respect: as every gift is a wish for loved ones to have a year full of good fortune, an abundance of wealth and happiness.
PUTTING UP CNY DECORATIONS
I carried out the annual spring cleaning for my house on Tuesday. For Chinese who adhere to cultural practices, the next activity after cleaning and washing away the bad luck of the preceding year, the following day is the best time to put Fai Chun (red paper printed with auspicious messages) and traditional decorations to welcome good luck and prosperity.
I am very kiasu and have already started putting up some of the auspicious decorations especially with dragon images in my garden. We will usher in the dragon year in about a month's time.
BYE BYE 2023
The year 2023 is almost over and in a few hours we will step into a new year, 2024. While nothing much changes in terms of the bigger things in our lives but still, a New Year symbolizes hope, positivity, and new beginnings.
My new year resolution is to become the best version of myself; physically, mentally and spiritually.
The best is yet to come. Happy 2024!
From what I have read so far, the year of the Wood Dragon will be a year of transformation and change. We will be entering Period 9 where the world will be experiencing new beginnings in multiple dimensions of existence.
I will keep reading to find out what is in store. In the meantime, I will be eagerly awaiting for my sifu Feng Shui Master Jason Eng Ecs to announce if he will be hosting his annual talk for 2024. I love it best to personally attend his talks at a given venue. For the past 2 years his talks have been pre-recorded. He is a phenomenal speaker with a wealth of knowledge on the subject.
The Nine Emperor Gods Festival ended on Monday but I am still eating vegetarian food.
I am a Taoist and often go on a vegetarian diet during certain days for cleansing of body and soul and also in order to minimize harm to other sentient life.
Actually I do not eat meat except seafood since I was a toddler. My mum said I refused all sorts of meat and preferred to eat plain rice with warm water added with soy sauce. I'd vomit and become sick if there was meat in what I ate. Later I added seafood to what I could eat. As far as I can remember I was allergic to alcohol. After ingesting any dish or drink with alcohol, I'd break out in rashes. I once passed out when unknowingly being given an alcoholic beverage. I am also allergic to coffee, coco and chocolates.
People often ask me what I eat to look the way I do at 63. Well, the answer is more like what I DON'T eat.
Into day 7 of 9 day vegetarian diet. The food is from Tua Pek Kung temple.
I have been on this vegetarian diet since the age of 13. Only years I did not do so were when my parents, maternal grandparents and Aunty Cheah Moy passed away. Those in mourning do not go on this diet.
During the 9-Emperor God Festival, one is given the option of going vegetarian for 1, 3, 6 and 9 days. Those who fast for 9 days usually add an extra day, i.e., on the eve before the start of the festival.
Going on a vegetarian fast does not only mean just eating vegetables, abstaining from aphrodisiacs and not taking any meat. It also involves minding our thoughts and actions as well. We are also encouraged to do more good deeds during this time. Sort of like cleansing our minds and souls.
REASON FOR THE VEGETARIAN DIET
Actually, the main reason why devotees of the Nine Emperor Gods go on the vegetarian diet during this festival is to cultivate their minds and souls. There are some worshippers who do not really get the fundamentals right and end up making lavish offerings to the deities and do so with the aim of seeking personal gain. Do they think that these deities really need the mountain load of items offered? Also do they think that by offering such 'bribes' to the deities that they will get fame and fortune in return? From what I have learnt, it does not work that way.
Every year from the 1st until 9th of the 9th lunar month I will adhere to this diet during the Taoist Nine Emperor Gods Festival. I have been doing so since I was 12 years old. I am already 63 now.
Today we were on at the Manjung Palliative Care Society office with our clerk, Kavitha. This Non Governmental Organisation provides aid and services to end stage cancer patients.
Happiness is being able to serve those in need.
In olden times, this festival was a time to enjoy the successful reaping of rice and wheat. Today, it is still an occasion for outdoor reunions among friends and relatives to eat mooncakes and watch the moon, a symbol of harmony and unity.
Lanterns of all size and shapes – which symbolize beacons that light people's path to prosperity and good fortune – are carried and displayed throughout the festival. Mooncakes, a rich pastry typically filled with sweet-bean, egg yolk, meat or lotus-seed paste, are traditionally eaten during this festival.