All of these preparations should be completed by the afternoon of February 13th, 2010!
1. Give your home and business and fabulous spring clean! Clear away dirt, clutter and old stagnant chi to welcome in new energy for the New Year! Everything should be sparkling!
2. As best you can, pay off (or down!) any debts you have and pay all of your current bills so you go into the New Year with a debt-free intention.
3. Treat yourself to a brand new red purse and wallet and fill with lots of cash (108 or 27 brand new uncirculated bills best of all plus 27 or 9 gold dollar coins).
4. Fill your (clean!) fridge and pantry with lots of food and begin to prepare favorite dishes as there's no cooking on New Years Day.
5. Cut your hair or get a new hairstyle.
6. Make amends with anyone with whom you’ve had a row or falling-out.
7. Buy new red clothes and new red shoes for the celebrations (or even just a new red accessory!) as this portends auspicious luck and expanding business. Try to wear something new and red every single day of the festival, if you can.
8. Prepare to host a special celebratory meal or celebration to occur during the two-week Lunar New Year as joy and laughter are most excellent Feng Shui. Have a noisy, uplifting and happy party with an abundance of food, music and laughter!
9. Decorate your home and business with…
· Vases of pretty spring blossoms and blooming plants to symbolize rebirth, new growth and re-awakening of nature. Tie little red ribbons on chrysanthemums.
· Kumquat plants (or orange trees) decorated with red ribbons and red envelopes filled with money. Place one at each side of your front door, as well. Also display pineapples, which are extremely auspicious and harness and accumulate abundance with their meaning, “the king is coming”.
· Calligraphy of auspicious words such as 'happiness', 'longevity', 'prosperity' or 'blessings'. The ‘fu’ or “fook” symbol is hung upside down (“fu dao”) to symbolize that luck has arrived (“upside down” and “arrive” sound similar in Mandarin).
· Gold ingots to symbolize wealth.
· Hanging red lanterns
· Buy nine large and beautiful oranges (the word for orange sounds like “wealth” in Chinese) and put in the center of your kitchen table. Also, have trays of tangerines which sound like "good fortune"
· Symbolic fire-crackers to clear any inauspicious energy of last year