I was going to write a detailed article about the recently developed superstition here in Singapore about Li Chun day that spread like a virus, but I think the two graphics above will give you a better picture on why not every Li Chun day is "auspicious" for your "lucky lucky" activities.
I think many had caught my hint about the "Element Termination Day" in my earlier article in December about the starting time for Li Chun day (that it is not at 12 midnight).
If you are asking me what will I be doing today? I'll take the Chinese almanac advice to do my little bit of "spring cleaning" and "de-cluttering".
In the 1987 movie "Wall Street", the character Gordon Gekko is quoted as saying: ""Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." and "captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind."
I can be said to be, sometimes, greedy for life, love and knowledge, but definitely more than that other one.
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Popular question asked at this time of the year: what is my lucky colour?
Answer: There is no one-size-fits-all colour that is auspicious to anyone and everyone!
Green - Red - Yellow - White - Black
One of the things on the "to do list" for the Chinese Lunar New Year festivities is wearing new clothes for the new year, at least for the first day of the new year. This is in line with the symbolic meaning of new year new beginnings. And so, high on the prep-list for the Chinese New Year is shopping for new clothes.
And that leads to the question - what colours should one wear when visiting relatives and friends for Chinese Lunar New Year?
Here are 3 helpful themes to base your fashion shopping on:
(1) Colours of the Year
(2) Spring, and
(1) Theme - Colours of the year
For 2019, year of Ji Hai / Earth Pig, the 2 main elements of the year are Earth and Water, with colours represented by Yellow and Black respectively. There is a little bit of Wood element hidden in the Pig sign also, represented by the colour Green.
I "copped" (millenial term that I learn on Instagram - basically means "liked and bought") this pair of sneakers at Selfridges during my December and early January winter vacation in London. Originally I was thinking of wearing this pair of shoes for the live interview at the BBC London studio, to illustrate the elements of the Chinese New Year in a user-friendly manner to the general television audience. In the end I decided to go for a simpler visual tool - a yellow (earth colour) flower corsage (that I managed to find at the Victoria and Albert Museum gift shop) on my black (water colour) suit.
(2) Theme of Spring
In Singapore, where we do not experience the four seasons in a year unlike the countries with temperate climates, it feels a bit odd to talk about Spring and the other seasons. Our seasons here are either hot and wet, or hot and hot! Nevertheless, Chinese Lunar New Year is the Spring Festival, celebrating the arrival of Spring.
For your fashion shopping for the Chinese New Year, the theme of Spring can be seen in floral prints, leaf prints, jungle prints, pineapple prints (very millenial now and auspicious) or light pastel colours.
(3) Theme of Red colour
Events in the Chinese calendar are divided into 2 groups only - referred to as "Red" or "White" events. Celebratory events like festivals, weddings, birthdays and other happy occasions are considered as "red events"; while sad events like funerals fall under "white events". The Chinese Lunar New Year Spring Festival falls under the "red event" group and so that is why you see that the main colour is red. All the new year decorations that you see in homes, shops and shopping centres are red, red and more red.
Red is a fail-safe colour for your Chinese Lunar New Year shopping. Just go for a simple red top! You cannot go wrong with red colour for celebratory Chinese events.
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Presentation talks for Chinese Lunar New Year
I had just got back into Singapore on the 14th of January, and strangely enough I got over the jet lag really fast this year. This was a topic of discussion in London over lunch and I had commented that it helped if there was a tight work schedule to follow upon landing. I must say I was under a bit of pressure to work on the brochure note for the talk, from content to design, all done personally by myself while fighting the jet lag.
It is less than 2 weeks to go before the Chinese Lunar New Year arrives on the 5th of February. What's next on my schedule? Spring Cleaning. And a bit more time to write some posts about my long 3 weeks of winter vacation in London.
I like to travel on Xmas Day as the flight is usually quite empty, and I can have a whole row in cattle class to myself. Unlike my ex-university classmates who travel by self-paid business and first class seats, I travel by economy class. This is something of a trade-off when I decided to leave the corporate 9 - 5 executive life for the rocky roads on this self-employed trail.
Museums, Musicals, Street Art, Art Galleries, Architecture and Shopping.