is upon us and of course everything must be in RED or GOLD
except for the WATER TIGER 2022.
The 12 animals - rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, sheep, horse, sheep, monkey rooster, dog and pig - in the Chinese zodiac are paired with one of the four elements - wood, fire, earth and metal. All things in the universe are connected with these five elements. Shopping malls had the dragons,
peonies and tigers up immediately after Christmas.
Remember the pineapples please! The Chinese word for pineapple, "ong lai" rhymes with "good fortune will come." Rhyming words and numbers are very important during festive days. Words like book (shu, rhymes with to loose) and four (sei, rhymes with death) are taboo.
Words like fish, yu which rhymes with "abundance" are used in greetings - "nian nian you yu" which means "abundance/surplus/excess through the year" NOT "fish through the year."
Prayer items are also prepared and altars tidied.
"Nian gao," which rhymes with "getting higher every year (prosperity )" is a sweet glutinous rice cake offered to the Kitchen God before the New Year. The sweetness to sweeten his report of the household to the Jade Emperor and the stickiness so he cannot say too much. Aren't customs amazing? If only life was this easy.
MAY YOU HAVE A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR