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Chinese New Year Tips and Rituals to Ensure Best Possible Start for 2007

The first day of the New Year 18th February 2007 starts after the day of spring known as Lap Chun (4th February 2007). Therefore, there is no Lap Chun this year. You need to stimulate growth luck. Place pussy willow, nga ku – narcissus plant or cherry blossoms in your home. You need lots of fresh blooming flowers during New Year. In front of your house, place a pair of auspicious lime trees. This will prevent bad energy from entering your home.

Inviting God of Happiness

It is auspicious to welcome the Wealth God into your house during Chinese New Year. The Wealth God ensures you will receive wealth and money luck for the year. However, this year WEALTH GOD comes from the SOUTH direction on the 1st day of the New Year. This is the same direction of the Death Door this year.

So, invite the God of Wealth on the 5th day of Chinese New Year. This is the birthday of God of Wealth.

On the first day of CNY, you are advised to receive the God of Happiness who brings all kinds of family and wealth luck. The ritual to receive the God of Happiness is the same as for the Wealth God. This year the God of Happiness direction is SOUTHEAST.

First, wash your body with lime or pomelo leave and wear new clothes. The best colour is yellow or red. This is to make sure you are clean when you are welcoming the God of Happiness.

Then, to receive God of Happiness on the 1st day of Chinese New Year, you have to select an auspicious hour according to your animal signs. The following is the table:

Auspicious Hour/
Animal Sign
3:00am to 4:59am  5:00am to 6:59am  7:00am to 8:59am 
 Animal Sign Horse, dog, Boar, Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Sheep, Rooster Sheep, Dog, Boar, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Snake, Horse, Monkey Rat, Monkey, Rooster, Ox, Tiger, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Boar
Conflict Animal Sign Monkey, Snake
Rooster, Rat, Dragon
Dog, Rabbit, Dragon


After you have chosen the auspicious time, prepare the ingredients to worship the God of Happiness as follows:

  1. 3pcs large incense stick and a pack of medium incense stick.
  2. 2 sets of 3pcs small size porcelain cups. (one for tea and one for white wine)
  3. A set of red candles
  4. A set of God of Happiness dress
  5. One "Fatt Gou" cake
  6. One " Fatt Choi" vegetable
  7. One "Shang Choi" vegetable
  8. 5 different types of fruits
  9. Mushroom
  10. Pineapple
  11. Sweet
  12. "Lian Kuo"
  13. Worship paper "Kum Chee"
  14. God of Happiness image
  15. A pair of "Jiao Bei" wooden tool (Shaped like a crescent moon)

Set up a small table outside your main door. This table must be wrapped with red paper. Take the compass and locate the Southeast direction. Turn your table to face Southeast. In the center of the table, place an incense burner. All the ingredients must be on a red color plate. The 2 sets of 3pcs small cups should in the front of the incense burner. It needs to be in 2 rows. Pour the tea at the first row and the white wine on the second row. Place the God of Happiness image at the front of the table.

Once you have prepared the above, you can now start to receive the God of Happiness at the auspicious time. Light the candle at your altar inside your house and turn on all the lights in your house. Light the red candle and large incense stick on the small table. The Patriarch of the family should hold the large incense stick and prostrate to the God of Happiness. When making prayers, he holds the incense sticks in both hands and kneel down. He must invite the God of Happiness to come to the house and make all requests on behalf of family members. 

Then, place the large incense stick onto the incense burner. Light the medium incense stick and distribute to the rest of family members. Everyone should make his or her own wishes.  

When the incense sticks are burnt half way, you can throw the "Jiao Bei" wooden tool to ask whether God of Happiness has arrived. There are 3 combination of "Jiao Bei". If it shows one protruding and another flat, it is known as "Sheng Bei" which means agree or yes. If it shows both are flat, it means "Nu Bei" which is No. If it shows both are protruding, it is known as "Xiao Bei" which means Happy.

Once you get the "Sheng Bei", make the first toast. Pour the 3 cups of tea (about 80%) to the floor. Then, make the second toast with wine. Pour 80% of the wine of the 3 cups. After 5 minutes, take the "Kum Chee" and God of Happiness dress. Hold in your hand and bow 3 times, then burn them.

Next, burn three incense sticks holding it on both hands. Get the God of Happiness image and bring him into your house. Imagine the God of Happiness is entering your house bringing you all kinds of happiness and wealth luck. Let the God of Happiness image enter your house first before your foot enters your house. Go straight to your altar at home. Place the incense stick on the incense burner. Now, you inform the deities on your altar that you have invited the God of Happiness and please give him a place to seat. Then, hang the God of Happiness image next to your altar.  

After that, throw the "Jiao Bei" wooden tool to ask whether God of Happiness has entered your house and sat on the altar. You need to get the combination of "Sheng Bei". If it is not a "Sheng Bei", keep on throwing until you get it. Once you got the "Sheng Bei", clean the small table outside your house and leave the incense burner until next morning.

Use the same method to receive GOD OF WEALTH on the 5th day of CNY.

Rice Urn on Chinese New Year

Before the CNY, you need to make sure that your rice urn must be filled to the top. Place 9 different currencies money in an angpow packet and put inside the rice urn on 17th February 2007. You must choose an auspicious rice urn. Make sure your refrigerator is full when entering into CNY.

Take Note of The Door during 1st Day of Chinese New Year

(Do not open the door if it is facing a bad direction)

God of Wealth : South
God of Happiness : Southeast
God of Mentor : East
Auspicious Door : Northeast
5 Ghosts : Northeast
Death Door : South
Wicked God : Northwest

Best Days to Start Work

Monday 9th Day of New Year
* 26th Feb 2007 - Conflict Rooster

Tuesday 10th Day of New Year
* 27th Feb 2007 - Conflict Dog

Normal Days to Start Work

Tuesday 3rd Day of New Year
* 20th Feb 2007 - Conflict Rabbit

Thursday 5th Day of New Year
* 22nd Feb 2007 - Conflict Snake

Saturday 7th Day of New Year
* 24th Feb 2007 - Conflict Sheep

Best Days to Travel

Thursday 5th Day of New Year
* 22nd Feb 2007 - Conflict Snake
 
Friday 6th Day of New Year                        
* 23rd Feb 2007 - Conflict Horse

Saturday 8th Day of New Year
* 25th Feb 2007 - Conflict Monkey

Monday 9th Day of New Year
* 26th Feb 2007 - Conflict Monkey

Tuesday 10th Day of New Year
* 27th Feb 2007- Conflict Rooster