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    Asian Rituals to Bring You Good Luck During 2021 – Secret Retreats Blog

    How to attract good luck Asian style

    As we enter 2021, people from different cultures and nationalities in Asia will follow various traditions and act on superstitions to try to make this year particularly prosperous for them. As cultures have evolved and assimilated, these good luck rituals have traveled across continents and seas to give the rich mix of beliefs and traditions that we have today.

    If you’re looking for a little extra luck to navigate the next 12 months, then perhaps the rituals in this newsletter are just what you’re looking for. Whether or not you believe that ritual and superstition can bring you prosperity, love, and good fortune, the reasons why these interesting rituals have remained prevalent and practiced throughout history may be compelling enough to make you want to give it a try. , and surely after everything we have done. had to deal with in 2020, anything is worth trying!

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    indian

    Most people consider spilling milk to be a good omen, but some people also consider it a bad omen. at the housewarming ceremony (griha pravesh puja) the first thing to do is boil a pot of milk and let it spill over. some people do it in such a way that the milk spills in an easterly direction, since according to vaastu shastra, the indian version of chinese feng shui, east is the most auspicious of the compass directions. pour your milk to the east to bring luck, prosperity, positivity, peace and good health to the home. East is also the direction from which the sun rises, so by spilling the boiled milk in an easterly direction, you are also fostering auspicious beginnings in your home.

    On the other hand, it’s best to avoid spilling milk before, during, or immediately after the wedding day. considered very unfavorable, the belief is that it can indicate pending misfortunes for newlyweds. a good reason, if any, to serve champagne only before, during, and immediately after a wedding.

    Chinese

    Chinese culture is replete with customs associated with food, puns, and symbolism. For example, the word for fish in Chinese is pronounced ‘yu’, which is the same as the word for prosperity, so it is believed that eating a whole fish together with the family during the Chinese New Year celebration will bring prosperity in the future. next new year.

    There are also many adjustments in the form of traditional rules associated with eating New Year’s fish, such as the head of the fish should point towards the oldest member of the family at the table, also the person facing the head of the fish. must eat first. and why not turn it into a rowdy dinner party by adding a bunch of firecrackers. The loud noise of firecrackers is traditionally used to drive away misfortune, evil spirits and bring good luck! If firecrackers aren’t your thing, try cracking open a few bottles of champagne to go with your fish dinner, and enjoy the added good luck of the sound of popping corks keeping misfortune at bay.

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    japan

    There are several lucky charms that will keep you on the right side of lady luck in Japanese culture. A stylized, round, red hollow papier-mâché doll representing the founder of Zen Buddhism, the Daruma doll is a good luck talisman that helps people achieve their goals. bought from a temple at the beginning of the new year, the spaces where the doll’s eyes should be are left blank.

    Make your wish or set your goal for the year as you draw the left eye on the doll’s face and promise your doll full sight once you reach your goal or your wish is granted. The doll’s face acts as a reminder of the goal set or promise made to oneself – the perfect way to fulfill New Year’s resolutions. once the goal has been achieved, or the wish granted, you draw the right eye and return the doll to the temple where you bought it, usually a few days after new year’s day, when all the dolls in the world are ritually burned. last year. . After thanking your doll, the dolls gather together and the temple monks sing sutras for the dolls before setting the assembled dolls on fire. Before returning home, they buy new daruma dolls and set new goals for the new year. a colorful way to remember those new years promises and resolutions.

    The lucky cat (maneki neko) is a very popular belief in both Japanese and Chinese culture. A doll in the form of a seated cat with one front paw raised and beckoning, these seemingly waving cats are calling wealth and prosperity to the home or business they are in. Cats can also see in the dark, so lucky cats are also believed to ward off evil spirits that can get in the way of success. At work, this lucky charm is best placed on your office desk or next to a cash register. in your home, you can place the cat in the southeast (wealth) or northeast (areas of insight). if the left paw is raised, it is believed that the cat will attract customers and bring good business to shop owners, the right paw raised attracts more wealth and is considered good for the home. The maneki neko can also come in many different colors: white means happiness, black means protection, green means health, and calico means extreme good luck.

    thailand

    thailand also has its version of the maneki neko cat. Known as Nang Kwak, she is a benevolent female spirit that is considered to bring luck, especially in the form of prosperity, to the home. She is also considered the patron deity of merchants and vendors and can be seen in almost every commercial establishment in Thailand. a statuette or representation on a piece of cloth called a ‘pha yant’ or ‘yantra cloth’ of the goddess is typically placed near the shrine in the home or business to work magic from her for the family. Some people also wear goddess charms, a logical development of the belief as many people in Thailand have to travel to sell their wares, making a portable nang kwak charm the obvious choice for business travellers.

    and a colorful Thai superstition for fashionistas where you can let the pull of luck guide your wardrobe choices. Do you ever stand in front of your wardrobe in the morning wondering what to wear for the day? This question is more easily answered in Thailand than in other countries. In Thai (and Khmer) tradition, each day of the week is assigned a specific color, and these colors are considered lucky on specific days of the week. dressing in the colors of the day will ensure a lucky day. Although this practice has lost its importance in modern Thailand, people still know all these colors by heart and consider the color of the day they were born to be their lucky color. The lucky colors for each day are yellow for Monday, pink for Tuesday, green for Wednesday, orange for Thursday, light blue for Friday, purple for Saturday, and red for Sunday. If colorful clothing isn’t for you, then tap into your lucky color in your gemstone of choice and wear your lucky color in a piece of jewelry – sapphires, topazes, rubies and amethysts will cover all the bases beautifully for you.

    Laos

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    a baci ceremony (also spelled basi) is a ceremony practiced in laos and thailand since ancient times. the commonly used term is “sou khwan” which means spirit enhancement or spirit calling. the ceremony involves a blessing from a respected elder, who ties white cotton strings around the person’s wrists while saying prayers invoking spiritual help, calling guardian spirits back to the recipient of the blessing, and wishing the best for that person .

    Laotians and Thais believe that a human being is a union of thirty-two organs, each of which has a spirit or “khwan” that resides there to protect them. these spirits often wander outside the body and in doing so cause an imbalance of the spirit that can lead to disease. the tying of the white rope represents the memory, the union and the linking of the 32 spirits to the body, returning the spirit of the person to harmony and bringing good luck and prosperity.

    korea

    Wondering how you can get some good luck during a visit to Korea? In Korea, Lunar New Year’s Day provides the perfect opportunity to start the year off with a fresh start, so much so that Koreans often don’t wash their hair on this day, as it is believed that it would wash away good luck. Similarly, Korean students will not wash their hair before an exam so as not to “erase” all the knowledge they have gained from studying.

    One more sign of good luck is when you dream of pigs. In many countries, pigs are often considered unattractive animals best avoided, but not in Korea. For Koreans, pigs are representative of both fertility and wealth, this is because the pronunciation of “pig” is similar to the pronunciation of “jade”. so for many koreans, a night filled with thoughts of our pork truffle finding friends is not a sign that they need to make a barbecue or grilled bacon sandwich, but rather a good sign that they will soon get a big break. win or windfall

    sweet dreams to all, and may lady luck fill your year and that of your families and loved ones with all the best that dream pigs, lucky cats, zen dolls and colorful wardrobes can bring. . Now head to the kitchen and make yourself a milk drink and don’t forget to spill your milk to the east!

    singapore

    an interesting ritual to bring good luck to a new home is practiced in that bastion of modernity, singapore. This ritual, popular among the Chinese in Singapore, is known as ‘rolling pineapple’. Before entering his new home, the owner will roll a pineapple across the doorway as he shouts “huat ah,” a Hokkien phrase meaning prosper.

    in singapore, pineapples are a highly coveted fruit thanks to their association with prosperity. A practice that most likely originated in the Hokkien community, pineapple rolling is similar to rolling good luck and prosperity in the home.

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