There’s much to celebrate today. It’s the Chinese Lunar New Year. In the U.S. we have Super Bowl mania. While grocery shopping yesterday, you’d think we were stocking up for a famine. Customers bought snacks by the truckload, treats for humans and pets (we’re down with the treats part) for eating, drinking and watching the Super Bowl. Football is not a big deal at our house but we make exceptions for the Kitten Bowl. And thrilled all 100 kittens appearing today were adopted!
January 1 may be our calendar new year but it’s never really feels like a fresh start until the lunar New Year which begins today. After an entire week of cleaning and preparing everything we feel ready for a burst of creative good fortune. The Lunar New Year is celebrated by all Asians, but is morphing into an All-American holiday regardless of race or heritage. Part of the reason is the growing interest in feng shui. When I began studying the ancient art of placement twenty years ago, it folded effortlessly in my lifestyle but few understood what I was talking about. Over the years it doesn’t seem so weird any more. Over the past couple years, I noticed a big jump in public awareness about both feng shui and the Lunar New Year. When HGTV airs how to feng shui your bedroom, it’s gone mainstream. Ditto NBC airing feng shui experts predictions for the New Year.
There are websites to quickly help newbies understand how to find the best direction calculators for sleeping, the lucky direction for your desk, auspicious times for planning anything and everything. And that advice applies to our cats. This is our post on feng shui and litter box placement. I wish I’d had all the tools and tips when I started! The Feng Shui For Dummies is a great primer.
At the grocery store while selecting mandarin oranges (lucky new year fruit) an Asian couple reached over to handle the fruit. They really looked like they knew what they were doing. We began chatting and they said they buying them for the new year. They were surprised I was doing the same and thrilled I knew feng shui. It felt like a cultural divide melted in an instant. The man gave me a vigourous thumb’s up and they both smiled like lost lost relatives. I may not follow their traditions to a T but when we break down the celebration to its core,