Gung Hay Fat Choi! That’s how we say Chinese New Year in my house. Literally translated, it means, “May you be prosperous.” Today is the equivalent to the Western Jan 1st. The difference is that the Chinese follow the lunar calendar as opposed to the Western solar calendar. But the celebrations are all the same. Well, kinda.
One Chinese tradition suggests eating only vegetarian meals until 6pm the first day of the new year. The belief is that you are cleansing for the new year. Personally, I don’t make anything special as my diet goes more toward vegetarianism anyway but the Chinese like to make dishes like this one which is vibrant and symbolic for an abundant new year.
This year is the Year of the Wood Horse. It means that it will be a very active, vibrant year and we must be ready for it. Wood in Feng Shui symbolizes Spring, movement, energy, growth. And you know what a horse it like right? Active and strong. Vibrant and free. You know what kind of year you are in for. I see it as an energetic year for many that offers many opportunities. So no dozing this year folks or you’ll see your opportunities galloping away before you know it.
Any way you celebrate, make sure it’s filled with laughter, joy and powerful intention and contemplation of what you want to create in your life for this new lunar year. It’s always best to start the year feeling how you want to feel for the rest of the year so make it a good one! Sun Tai Gin Hong – Wishing you good health!