Tips To Celebrate Good Luck In The Year Of The Dragon

Chinese New Year is upon us. 2012 is the year of the dragon, the Chinese symbol of luck. Now is a great time to change your luck for the year! Chinese New Year is this Monday, so take advantage of the weekend to prepare for a new year full of luck. The Feng Shui Diva has some awesome tips for ensuring good luck throughout the year of the Dragon!

The Year of the Dragon

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If you’ve ever looked at those Chinese zodiac place mats at Chinese restaurants, then you might know where you fall on the zodiac according to your birth year. You’re a Dragon if you were born in the years 1904, 1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, or 2000.

Dragons are the 5th sign in the Chinese zodiac, and they are the mightiest of the signs. They are known for their dominance and ambition. They are driven, risk takers, and unhindered by challenges. They are passionate and do everything with a grand flourish. Dragons like to abide by their own rules, and if left to their own devices, are usually successful.

Preparing for New Year:
Clean Your House

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There’s nothing like a good cleaning to make you feel refreshed. Cleaning your house from top to bottom will clean out any bad luck lurking in dark corners and will make room for good luck coming your way in the new year.

Preparing for New Year:
Resolve Conflicts

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It’s said that you shouldn’t let the sun set on your anger. The same goes for holding on to grudges and disputes in to a new year. Settle those disputes and resolve differences that you have with your family, friends, or work colleagues.

Preparing for New Year:
Decorate with Firecrackers

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Hanging up some fake firecrackers around your house is said to scare off bad spirits and the bad luck they bring with them. Use plastic firecrackers as not only are real firecrackers a fire hazard, they are also prohibited within most city limits.

Preparing for New Year:
Display Oranges

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Set out some oranges for display; they are a symbol of abundant happiness. Candy on display is also said to help you start the year sweetly.

Chinese New Years Eve:
Gather With Family

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Chinese New Year is a big holiday for Chinese families. Gather with your family for a meal and festive activities.

Chinese New Years Eve:
Open Windows & Doors

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Let go of the old year by opening every door and window at midnight on Chinese New Year’s Eve.

Chinese New Year:
Don’t Wash Your Hair

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Keep a hold on your good luck. Don’t wash your hair on Chinese New Year or you’ll wash any luck for the year right down the drain.

Chinese New Year:
Wear New Clothes

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New year, new clothes! Take this as an excuse to shopping!

Chinese New Year:
Wear Red

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Red is a color of joy and happiness. Wear something red on Chinese New Year so that your year will be joyful.

On the other hand, avoid wearing white or black as they are colors symbolic of mourning.

Chinese New Year:
Greet With Well-Wishes

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Greet your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers with well-wishes for a lucky year. Reap, what you sow!

Chinese New Year:
Give Red Envelopes

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It’s a popular tradition for Chinese New Year to give red envelopes with lucky money to children and unmarried people.

Chinese New Year:
Don’t Sweep

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If you forgot to clean your house before the new year, it’s too late now. Avoid sweeping or cleaning on Chinese New Year or else you could sweep away your luck.

Chinese New Year:
Don’t Cook

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You should be celebrating the New Year, not cooking. Good thing there’s no rule against calling in for Chinese take-out!

Chinese New Year:
Don’t Cut Short Your Luck

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Avoid using knives or scissors so you don’t cut off your luck. Take the opportunity to teach your kids origami, which is the art of paper folding.

Chinese New Year:
Don’t Lend Money

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Don’t loan out any money, and avoid borrowing money on Chinese New Year as well. You don’t want to set a precedence of lending or borrowing all year long.

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