On February 16, 2018, Friday, we will be celebrating the start of the Year of the Earth Dog! If you’re a follower of our blog, you must have already checked your animal sign’s luck predictions for 2018. Yes, some of us are going to have a great year if we play our cards right, while others will have to work doubly hard to guard their wealth, health, and relationships.
While we do not have control over our stars, a Fengh Shui expert said that there are actual, practical things we can do before, during, and after the Chinese New Year to encourage good luck for 2018. So if your animal sign is not an ally of the Earth Dog, pay close attention to these tips!
- Clean your home.
This is something you should do every day but maybe, be more conscientious of the nooks and crannies in your home to make sure that even the farthest corners and highest of shelves are spic and span. It would not hurt to clear out your gutters, weed the garden and trim the bushes too while you’re at it. Yes dear, general cleaning, in and out of your home as if you are expecting a VIP to visit soon.
- Throw out broken gadgets and give away old clothes.
Collect all broken appliances, toys, and gadgets and throw them all out. Admit it, these take up so much spaces in our cabinets, drawers, and desks. If it’s no longer serving its purpose, out it goes. Same goes for your clothes – your pag pumayat ako wardrobe – out! Give them away or sell them online; whatever you do, just get rid of all these clutter that is taking up too much room in your house.
- Boil pomelo leaves and use this for your bath.
It’s called pomelo water and it is believed to remove bad luck and bad energies from the pas year. Do this on the eve of the Chinese New Year (February 15).
- Flowers and fruits as home decors.
Use fresh flowers and fruits to beautify your home’s interiors. Get some pomelo, pineapples, oranges, apples, and grapes – these fruits are symbols of prosperity.
- Don’t forget the Ang Pao!
The ang pao (red envelopes with money) brings good luck to both receiver and giver so make sure you have enough of these envelopes in your stash and give it out to kids!
- Make some noise.
You do not need to buy the illegal stuff; a toy horn and some fireworks will do! Just make enough noise to drive out the old year’s bad vibes.
- Eat your first lucky meal.
After the clock strikes midnight, eat your first lucky meal of the year. If you want to make it truly special, research on symbolic Chinese dishes that you and your family can prepare. Don’t forget the tikoy and other sweet cakes!
- Rearrange your furniture.
Research on your animal sign’s feng shui for your home and office and then go ahead and move your stuff around. This should give you something productive to do on New Year’s day while letting your space breathe and welcome good vibes on the first day of the Chinese New Year.
- Spend time with your family.
Since it’s a holiday in the Philippines, stay at home with your kids or take them out for a special dinner, a stroll in the park, or a grand day at the mall. The best way to celebrate the first day of the year is being with the people you truly love and treasure.
- Attend celebrations and other joyful events.
For the rest of the year, make it a point to say “yes” to invitations to joyful events such as birthdays, weddings, baptisms, and other celebrations. Avoid hospitals and wakes as long as you can.
We’d be glad to know how you will be spending the Chinese New Year weekend! Share them here!