Invite in the God of Wealth on the First Day of Chinese New Year

Based on detailed calculation, this year is a good year to receive the God of Wealth on the first day of Chinese New Year. The God of Wealth brings you wealth and abundance of good fortune. This year, the direction of god of wealth is WEST.

On the first day, the daily Lo Shu number 6 shines in the West sector. This brings good heaven luck to the home and makes it an auspicious day to receive the God of Wealth coming from West. Houses facing West should pray to the God of Wealth; doing so will bring wealth, prosperity, career advancement and a fulfilling year.


To receive the God of Wealth, select an auspicious hour according to your animal sign of birth. The table below provides time guides for the welcoming ritual. (Note: those born in the Year of Rooster, you are advised NOT to receive the God of Wealth as this day is your conflict animal sign day.)

Time Auspicious Inauspicious
Time: 12am to 1am (Rat Hour) Auspicious: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Snake, Dog & Boar Inauspicious: Rabbit, Horse, Sheep & Rooster
Time: 11am to 1pm (Horse Hour) Auspicious: Ox, Tiger, Dragon, Horse, Sheep, Dog & Boar Inauspicious: Rat, Rabbit, Snake, Rooster & Monkey

Firstly, take a shower. It is auspicious to receive God Of Wealth with a clean body and new clothes.

Secondly, use the compass to locate the West direction. Turn your altar table to face the West direction. Place an incense burner in the center of the table. Place all ingredients on a red-coloured plate behind the incense burner. The two sets of three small cups should be placed in front of the incense burner. Make two rows. Pour the tea into the first row of cups and white rice wine into the second row of cups.

When you are ready, you can start to receive the God of Wealth at the auspicious time selected. Light the candles on the altar in your home and turn on all the lights. Make three prostrations to the Deities on your altar, then light the candle and large incense stick on the small table set up outside the house, which should face the West direction.

The Patriarch of the family should hold the large incense stick and prostrate to the God of Wealth. When making prayers, he should hold the incense stick in both hands and kneel down. He must invite the God of Wealth to come to the house, and make the request on behalf of the family members. Then he should place the large incense stick into the incense burner. Light the medium incense stick and distribute to the rest of family members. Everyone should make a prayer.


When incense sticks are burnt half way, your mind should be focused on inviting the God of Wealth into your home. After that, make a toast. Pour 3 cups of tea (about 80%) to the floor. Then, you make the second toast of the wine. Pour 80% of the wine of the 3 cups onto the floor.

Light three incense sticks and hold both hands. As you do so, visualize the God of Wealth walk in front of you and enter your house bringing all kinds of wealth luck.

Let the God of Wealth enter your house first before your foot enters your house. Go straight to your altar at home. Place the incense sticks on the incense burner. Now inform the deities on your altar that you have invited in the God of Wealth and arrange it so he is placed in your wealth corner.

When you have determined the auspicious time suitable for you, prepare the ingredients as follows to pray to the God of Wealth:

  • 3pcs of large incense sticks and a pack of medium incense sticks.
  • Two sets of 3pcs small size porcelain cup (for tea and white wine)
  • One set of red candles
  • One “Fatt Gou” cake
  • One “Fatt Choi” vegetable
  • Five types of fruits
  • Mushrooms
  • Pineapple
  • Sweets
  • “Lian Kou”
  • Pot of Gold
  • Gold Bar, Gold Ingots, I Ching coins
  • God of Wealth sitting on Tiger