The Lunar Year starts on January 22, 2023, which is why during this day it’s very important to do certain things so we can welcome the New Year with everything we need in order to obtain prosperity in every sphere of our lives.
In the Year of the Rabbit 2023, by complying with at least a few of these Feng Shui tips, we will attract health, peace, and quiet in the family, luck, and prosperity.
A picture of the Kitchen God hangs in the kitchen year-round in the belief that he goes to heaven at the end of the year to tell the almighty jade god all the good and bad things about the family. On the 24th day of the 12th month, the family performs a ceremony in which honey is smeared on the Kitchen God’s mouth to ensure he will say “sweet” things, and wine is poured on his mouth to intoxicate him so that he will forget the bad things.
In the week before the Chinese New Year, the picture is taken down, placed on a paper horse, and brought into the backyard with much ceremony, then burned to send the kitchen god on his way to heaven. A new Kitchen God is hung for the subsequent year to look over the family.
The first day of the New Year must find you organized, so it is indicated to clean before the New Year. The entire house needs to be cleaned before the arrival of the New Year. On New Year’s Eve all the brooms, brushes, dust rags, etc. are put aside. People don’t sweep or dust on New Year’s Day because it is considered as also sweeping the good fortune away.
Purifying the house energy – Burning sandalwood incense, filling some bowls with safflower water, and ringing a Tibetan bell on New Year is customary. During this time, it is recommended to say prayers or mantras, which will positively change the energy of your home.
Prepare a festive dinner and invite your friends.
2023 Wealth Bowl – place a glass or ceramic bowl (with coins) next to your house door. Every time you have loose change, place them in the Wealth Bowl to symbolically accumulate wealth.
Make sure to fill the sugar box in the kitchen. This way, you will attract money and success on your side in 2023.
Cakes and other types of homemade sweets must not be missing from the New Year Eve’s meal, Rabbit-shaped cookies are ideal for attracting luck, prosperity, happiness, and good health in 2023.
„Tray of Togetherness” – a tray filled with 8 types of snacks. We can place in it: pecan nuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds, peach kernels, plums, apricots, walnuts, and small ingots, but sweets can also be placed in the tray. All these symbolize abundance and prosperity. You can serve the guests or even give such a tray (dish) as a gift.
These are the lucky fruits you must have on the table on New Year’s Eve: pineapples, round fruits for endless prosperity, oranges for gold, grapes hanging on windows and door jambs, mango for strong family ties, and lemon to remove the negative vibes.
On January 22 , the first day of the Rabbit Year of 2023, it is recommended to place a Laughing Buddha in the dining room. It will attract blessings and prosperity this year.
Don’t lend money on New Year’s Eve because you will lose money all year round.
At midnight, open the doors and windows for 10 minutes, so the passing year can let in the new coming year.
At midnight, a common practice is the “Flags of wishes” ritual: write down 9 wishes on rectangular pieces of paper and hang them in a tree or taller plant, outside (in the garden or on the deck); carried by the wind, it is said they will reach the sky faster and they will get fulfilled during that respective year.
In 2023, Star 5 or Wu Wang is situated in the Center. This annual affliction star brings all kinds of misfortune. Keep the sector very quiet in order to avoid activating it. Place the 5 Element Pagoda to suppress the negative chi.
Place in the North-East corner (the corner of wealth), on a table or chair, a tray with 4 cups (full with tea) and a kettle of warm, sweet tea to invite into your home the 4 kings from the 4 corners, which will bring you luck all throughout 2023.
If you have a fish tank, the lucky number of fishes in 2023 is 8: for example, 7 reddish goldfishes and 1 blackfish. The reddish fishes symbolize prosperity, good fortune, and yang energy. The purpose of the blackfish is to absorb the negative energy from your house.
It is considered bad luck to greet someone who is in the bedroom; this is why everyone, even the sick people, gets dressed and sits in the living room to welcome guests. During this day, knives or scissors are not used because there is a risk of accidentally “cutting” the luck.
Your color preferences will reflect the love and peace you desire. It’s actually our own energy that translates into the color we choose.
Traditionally, the lucky color to wear on this day (for attracting peace and love) it’s red. Red, orange, and yellow are all warm colors. Warm colors often evoke feelings of happiness, optimism, and energy
Moving 22 objects around the house will attract fortune. They don’t have to be big, just some objects you can easily change their place.
On Chinese New Year, buy lucky flowers or plants (orchids, hyacinths, peonies, bamboo) and place them in your home to attract luck and prosperity in the coming year.
Each area of the house is characterized by one of the 5 elements and therefore it is good to be careful how we decorate the house with for a good feng shui:
- earth elements are on the north-east, centre, south-west axis – in those sectors it is advisable to put crystals, stones, ceramics;
- the N-V and V areas are characterized by metal (we can use metal decorative elements);
- North is characterized by water;
- South – characterized by fire – is the area of fame, fame, good reputation;
- The East (family and health area) and the South-East (wealth and prosperity area) are wood sectors.
To be lucky and get a better-paid job, you need to take 22 objects from the house and donate or sell them. Thus, you will free some space and attract new things in your life.
Stepping into the Chinese New Year, it is befitting to send messages of thanks and wishes of health and happiness to your loved ones for the coming year. Here are some examples of auspicious greetings:
- “Wishing you Health, Happiness, and Success!”
- “Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.”
- “Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!”
Happy New Year of the Water Rabbit 2023!