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Feb. 12, 2021 marks the beginning of the Year of the Metal Ox. With the first day of the Lunar New Year falling in the hurly-burly of the pandemic, ensuring that good luck will dwell in our homes in the next 354 days is definitely a must.
In Chinese culture, the oxen is a valued animal because of its positive characteristics, such as being hardworking, intelligent, and earnest, that contributes to the country’s fast-growing agriculture.
Thanks to the lucky stars, you can attract the ox’s positive energy into your home simply by sprucing it up with ornaments long believed to magnetize happiness, prosperity, and good health.
Read on and bookmark this page for the list of must-haves that would get opportunities knocking at your door this 2021.
In the olden days, Chinese used them as lamps and eventually, for worshipping Buddha. Since then, it has been a staple festivities such as the Mid-Autumn Festival and Lantern Festival. When it comes to Chinese New Year, these lanterns are believed to drive away bad luck when hung on the front door of your house.
Find ones that are easy on the budget from home essentials one-stop shop AllHome. They offer Sabit Lanterns and lucky charms at 10% discount or for as low as P188.88 in their stores from Feb. 12-14.
According to Feng Shui Master Hanz Cua, the middle of your house or the living room are prominent to attract positive energy during the Year of the Metal Ox. Bring in more luck by decorating it with a gold ox figurine, which is also available in AllHome for a discounted price of P1,088.88. Double the chances of getting lucky by adding a gold money tree décor for P1,758.88.
12 kinds of fruits
Displaying 12 kinds of fruits during the Chinese New Year will attract 12 fruitful months in the coming year. Make sure to include fruits such as apples, oranges, pomelos and grapes as they are all symbols of prosperity. PhilSTAR Life recommends getting them fresh here or in your nearest AllDay Supermarket.
Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival, as it marks the beginning of spring. Households welcome the season with blooming flowers that symbolize wishes for a flourishing new year. Flowers commonly used are plum or peach blossoms, orchids, and peonies.
AllHome offers an array of artificial flowers that includes orchids (P499.75-P1,499.75) and cherry blossoms (P719.75-P2,199.75) that you can use to prettify your place. Display them on the east of your house to call up the good luck.
Bright curtains, pillows, and bed covers
Brighten up the vibe in your room by changing your curtains, pillowcases, and bed covers in bright hues of red, yellow, orange, or pink, according to Master Hanz. Single people who would want to boost their love life are encouraged to use pink bed sheets, while those who are married can use ones in red. Choose aesthetic ones from AllHome’s wide array of pillows for as low as P269.75, blankets at P379.75, and curtains at P409.75.
Attract prosperity by celebrating the Chinese New Year with the entire house completely lit up. For that, you can use AllHome’s desk, floor, and ceiling lamps that work well with most design styles. Another key to bringing in wealth into your life is by doing a general cleaning of your house, as explained by Susan Levitt, professional astrologer and feng shui consultant in her book Taoist Astrology.
"In feng shui, the metal environment is clean, pristine, pared-down, and shiny like metal," Levitt wrote. "Begin by cleaning your home, reduce clutter, and maintain tidiness all year round. The main focus is on the bedroom as hard-working oxen do best after peaceful sleep."
AllHome’s synthetic rattan storage bins (P249.75-P999.75) would come in handy in keeping your rooms organized, not only during Chinese New Year but also in the coming months.
"Lucky dinner" with the family
Lastly, welcome a lucky year with a hearty dinner with the family on the eve of Chinese New Year. Use peanuts as appetizers, as it connotes good health and longevity. The same goes for pancit, noodles, and spaghetti. Serve fish for good fortune and dumplings for wealth. Don’t forget to add desserts for a joyful and sweet life.
To make the celebration more special, use plates in the colors red and gold (or have a tinge of it). AllHome has a wide selection of elegant and durable ones ready for pick-up in their stores right in time for the festivities.
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