Although the first month of 2017 is ending, today is New Year’s Day in Australia for those who follow the lunar calendar. The lunar calendar follows the cycle of the moon so there is a new moon on the first day of the lunar month and a full moon in the middle of the month. The Chinese calls it the Farmers’ Calendar as all cultivation is planned according to the phases of the moon.
The Chinese uses a 60 year cycle, each year is given the name of one of twelve animals in one of five elements (12 x 5 = 60) and this year is the Year of the Fire Rooster.
Yesterday I was at the market and the fishmongers and fruiterers were mobbed. Hot items were:
Fish – 魚 – a symbol of plenty as the word sounds like 餘 （excess）
Mandarins －柑 － sounds like 金 （‘gold‘ in Cantonese)）
Pineapples – 黃梨 －sounds like 旺來 （’arrival of prosperity’ in some dialects）
I noticed ‘lucky bamboo’ for sale – 竹 bamboo sounds like 足 in Cantonese －that means ‘enough‘ – and who wouldn’t want enough of everything?’ I didn’t have to buy any because I have my own grove of black bamboo and that is enough.
P.s.: those ‘lucky bamboos’ are NOT bamboos. They are Dracaenas and as such, are not the lucky charms, if you believe such things.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy and fruitful year!