Chinese New Year falls on February 1st, 2022. This day is a very important day, a day when tradition is best kept as faithfully as possible to ensure abundance and prosperity follow you throughout the year. So important is the Chinese New Year that preparations begin as early as a month before the new moon — buying new clothes, preparing food, doing house repairs, ordering flowers, and cleaning altars — all just to make sure the house gets a thorough spring cleaning and bring some NEW furniture for the year if possible.
The house should also be adorned with fruiting linden trees as well as flowering plants before January 18 to introduce excellent growth energy into the house and invite everyone at home with fresh new opportunities for prosperity and professional advancement.
Auspicious sonnets, especially with the Chinese word “Fuk (Chinese word for good fortune)”, are usually hung at the entrance of the house along with some red lanterns to add more auspicious energy to this biggest Chinese celebration of the year.
THINGS TO DO BEFORE CHINESE NEW YEAR
1. Carry out repairs
Families should start checking their homes for defects before the Chinese New Year and make sure everything is working well in the house. Leaking toilets, broken faucets, broken roof tiles, leaking ceilings, etc. need to be fixed. Leaking water means loss of both wealth and health. Anything that impacts the kitchen or dining room can have an awkward impact on your rice bowl. Other areas that are critical to repair are areas around the main door as well as your bedroom. Cracked walls and broken doors can cause serious problems when carried into the new year.
If you can, you should also give your home a fresh coat of paint every year or at least every two years to start the year with a clean slate and give you plenty of new opportunities for improvement. You need to focus on spring cleaning and that means removing last year’s “junk” and that includes old newspapers, magazines, books, plastic bags, broken containers and clothes that you want to throw away. Allowing clutter to build up makes the problems you face worse.
Also, check your cutlery and crockery and discard any chipped, cracked or damaged cutlery. Damaged utensils are a sign of lost luck and bring home bad feng shui. This affects the wealth of the family.
Check your beds for damage. Sleeping on damaged or broken beds puts obstacles in everything you do. Success will be affected if the bed frame is damaged. It also creates cracks in your business relationships as well as your personal relationships including your marriage.
Inspect closets and drawers and remove mismatched socks, torn or worn underwear, shirts, pants, and damaged shoes. Discard clothing that you haven’t worn in over a year. Clearing out your closets symbolizes removing negative energy and making room for NEW things to come to you.
2. Stock up on your kitchen.
You need to start the new year with a completely restocked kitchen. Start with your closets and fridge. Remove and discard expired food. Clean your rice urn, wash and dry it, then place a red packet with 3 dynasty coins tied with red thread at the base and fill it to the brim with new rice. Keep your rice urn at least three-quarters full during the 15 days of Chinese New Year. Next, stock up your fridge for Chinese New Year, as it is important to have food in the home for the 15 days.
3. Update your home’s feng shui
You should update your home’s feng shui after December 21, 2021 (winter solstice) and before February 4, 2022, the beginning of the solar year.
In fact, many adhere to the traditional method of beginning after the winter solstice, as this marks the change of Tai Sui. It is believed that the annual 3 kills will also take effect from this date.
The annual Lo Shu numbers come into effect on February 4th, the day of Lap Chun. If you plan to reuse your feng shui cures, you must wipe them with a damp cloth soaked in cleaning water. But it’s always best to use a NEW remedy. Realize that feng shui remedies work by absorbing bad energies from the past year and once a remedy has done its work you should withdraw it and replace it with a new one. If you intend to reuse, the cure must be cleaned with cleaning water. Once you have finished updating your home’s feng shui, you should perform the room cleaning ritual.
4. How to prepare cleaning water?
Petals of 5 types of flowers are required for the cleaning water. It is best if you get flowers representing the 5 elements – blue (water), yellow (earth), green (wood), red (fire) and white (metal) and kaffir lime leaves (you can use fresh lime use). or lemons if you can’t get kaffir leaves) and also add 1 tablespoon of sea salt.
Soak the above in a bowl of water and place in the sun for 10 minutes before using. Rinse your cleaning cloth in the mixture, squeeze dry, and then wipe away all of your remedies, enhancers, and good luck charms and good luck symbols in your home. You can also use this water to clean your home altar and statues.
5. How to perform the room purification ritual
Open all your windows and doors and turn on all the lights. It’s best to do this during the day. Light sandalwood incense with kemenyen plus 1 tablespoon purifying incense powder in an incense burner.