Category Archives: Festival

What is St Patrick’s Day ?

So this is the history , the hows and the whys behind this much celebrated festival.

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/common/st-patrick-day

 

Have a fabulous time!

News feature about the Year of the Goat in Expat Living Magazine

Check out my new feature about the Chinese Year of the Goat in Expat Living Magazine!

http://www.expatliving.sg/body_style/horoscopes/Horoscopes-Predictions-for-the-Chinese-Year-of-the-Goat-74058.ece

Your Fortune in 2015 is available at all major bookstores in Hong Kong, Singapore & Malaysia!

Your Fortune in 2015

Wishing  everyone a very blessed and Happy New Year! So I have fulfilled another dream;  that is making “Your Fortune in 2015” available  online!
These are the choices for  interested parties:
1) Buy your Fortune in 2015 in major book store in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.
2)Buy your Fortune in 2015 online at : http://www.lulu.com/shop/clarice-georgia-v-chan/your-fortune-in-2015/paperback/product-21890770.html
About Your Fortune in 2015

YF2015coverAre you curious about what 2015, year of the Yin Wood Goat holds for you?
Do you wish to attract more success and good fortune?
Would you like to discover the meaning of the 2015’s Feng Shui elements and the Lunar Traditions practiced during this Lunar New Year so that you can begin this year more positively?

Start this Lunar New Year on the right note with Your Fortune in 2015 and discover:
• Customs & traditions related to Lunar New Year • Auspicious dates commencement of business in 2015.
• The Annual Flying Stars and their influences on your and the Feng Shui of your environment.
• All about the Goat Sign• The influence of the Grand Duke Jupiter of 2015 on the 12 Lunar Zodiac Signs
• Overview of your personal zodiac sign for 2015.
• Month-by-month zodiac sign predictions
• Feng Shui Guide to Property Selection

Happy Mid- Autumn Festival !

blackmooncakeThe legend behind the Mid Autumn Festival varies but they all surround a handsome couple: Chang Er and Hou-yi. Hou Yi is the ancient hero who, under the order of the gods, shot down 9 of the 10 Suns that suddenly appeared in the skies causing disasters and chaos on Earth. After Hou Yi successfully completed his task, he met a beautiful young lady named Chang Er and the pair fell in love very quickly and got married.

The gods were very pleased with Hou Yi and rewarded him with an elixir of life so the he and his beautiful wife could have immortality. However, an evil man found out about the elixir, murdered Hou Yi and forced Chang Er to give up the elixir. Chang Er was devastated by her husband’s death and retaliated by drinking all of it. It is said that, after drinking the elixir, she became so light that she floated away into the skies towards the Moon. The Moon is known as “Moon Palace” by the Chinese and is described as a cold and lonely place. Chang Er chooses to live there because it is the closest to Earth, where she lived with Hou Yi. Legend has it that those who witnessed Chang Er floating to the Moon noted that she was most beautiful on this night. Subsequently she became known as the Moon Goddess who will bestow blessings and beauty on those who worship her. As a tradition, new toiletries and cosmetics are placed together with other offerings on the altar for her blessings on this night.

Celebrating Mid- Autumn festival, or the Moon cake festival, is still very popular today. Food that is synonymous with the Mid-Autumn festival is such as “Moon cakes” and pomelos. Traditional Moon cakes were filled with lotus seed paste and egg yolk only but today the filling in the moon cake can vary and the cake comes in all shapes and sizes. Pomelos are fruits that are harvested in Autumn in some parts of China and thus symbolize plenty and abundance.

It is a tradition to gift your friends, employer, clients and relatives moon cakes just before Mid Autumn festival. Reunion dinners or family gatherings are organized. In ancient times, dinners were served on the balcony, patio or in the open where people could recite poetry and gaze at the moon. It is an exciting time for children because, as part of the tradition, they are given lanterns to carry and play with in the neighbourhood.

It is Thanksgiving weekend!

I have been to quite a few Thanksgiving dinner parties over the years and usually the evening is free and easy; we also get to eat the first turkey dinner of the season!

This year’s Thanksgiving have been special, I get to spend it with about 20 people; some I know very well and there are those I met for the first time.

Our host Tim, Randy and Ze worked for 6 hours to cook that Turkey !

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

Thanksgiving feast!

Thanksgiving feast!

We have Turkey of course!

We have Turkey of course!

A little history on how Thanksgiving begun in USA.

A little history on how Thanksgiving begun in USA.

It all about harvest!

It all about harvest, peace and celebrations!

Similar to the Chinese, the Americans have a tradition of Reunion Dinner too!

Similar to the Chinese, the Americans have a tradition of Reunion Dinner too!

So I now know how  Thanksgiving came about and I am thankful for that!

Happy Thanksgiving!

With Blessings,Master Clarice Chan

White Tiger Festival

Lunar New Year is over but part of the Spring Festival includes the White Tiger Festival.  Read on to find out why and how this festival came about:

Almost immediately after Lunar New Year is the season of Qin Zhe, one of the 24 seasons mentioned in the Chinese Almanac or the Farmers’ Calendar. Qin Zhe marks the awakening of all animals in hibernation and the main festival during this season is the White Tiger Festival.

Legend has it that the White Tiger festival evolves from the time when villages in ancient China were being attacked by wild tigers which, after long harsh winters, were known to prowl the villages for food.  It was customary to perform prayer ceremonies for protection of their village against these potential attacks. Offerings of food, especially pork and duck eggs, were most welcome: the idea was to feed the hungry wild tigers to prevent them from attacking the villages.

As time passed, this tradition became a festival in which one could gain protection against vile and ferocious people in your lives and surroundings. The twist in this legend is that the Tiger somehow became the object of worship in this festival, known as the Tiger Deity.

Today, similarly to the original tradition, pork and eggs are used in offerings by those seeking blessings and protection from ferocious people, known as “little people” in the Chinese language. This lunar year, the festival falls on March 5 and the season begins at 12:21pm.

 

Lunar zodiacs requiring the blessings of the White Tiger:
Rat
Dragon
Snake
Goat
Horse
Monkey

All other zodiacs can also make offering to the White Tiger Deity on March 5 with the exception of the Tiger Zodiac as their zodiac is clashing with the day’s representing zodiac, the Monkey.

Yours
Master Clarice Georgia V Chan

Ching Ming or Tomb Sweeping Festival

Ching Ming Festival

Origins of Ching Ming
This year’s Ching Ming or Tomb Sweeping day falls on April 6. Generally, a week before and two weeks after Ching Ming is acceptable to honor the ancestors at the temples, grave site or crematoriums. This is also a practical measure as these places will be utterly packed during Ching Ming and to spread the prayer days out makes a lot of practical sense.

Honoring Ancestors

Honoring ancestors begins with proper positioning of a gravesite and coffin. Rich families will believe in the concept of “Feng Shui”, or geomancy and as far as possible, will choose an area that faces south, with groves of pine trees to create the best flow of cosmic energy required to keep ancestors happy.

A “happy ancestor” will in turn, bless the living family! Family members will visit the gravesite of their ancestors at least once a year to tend to the tombs, especially on Qing Ming. The Chinese will cook up good food to their ancestors at altar tables on Ching Ming in their homes. The food usually consists of chicken, eggs, or other dishes a deceased ancestor was fond of. Accompanied by rice, the dishes and eating utensils are carefully arranged according to a certain position so as to bring good luck.

A Tiger’s Tale oe Year of the Tiger