2011 Chinese New Year Couplets (Talismans) & the Kitchen God - A great school Chinese New Year project.
©Originally written by Michael Hanna and
Are you really prepared for 2011?
"Enjoy the little things in life, one day you may look back and realise they were the big things"
Chinese New Year Talismans Couplets and the Kitchen God are very traditional festive items that are used all over the world as wall decoration because of their auspicious nature. They are usually printed in black ink on bright red paper; it is recommended to hang these Chinese couplets around your home or on your main doors, or you can present them as gifts to send good wishes to your friends and family. These Talisman Couplets and the Kitchen God are a lovely gift to print and give as a present unconditionally to a friend, relative or co-worker on or around Chinese New Year although they can be given and placed at any time of the year.
I have added two versions in to the article below. One you can print straight from your colour printer and the other you can colour in yourself or print onto red paper, this is a nice project to give to children and if you are a school teacher please feel free to print this out and use in your class, all we ask is you do not alter or change any of the text on there.
Black & white version:
If you have red card or paper (A4 size) you can print straight onto this or of if you wish to make it a family affair you can get your children or yourself to colour it in. It is very common for the family to get involved and usually the head of the household is given the job of placing the couplets.
Make sure the paper/card or colour you use to colour-in is the same bright red as shown below.
you can print this version straight from your printer in full colour format.
Cut the couplets in half from top to bottom and place either side of your main doors, you should also place on either side of your cooker or hob.
These very effective Couplets/Talismans are traditionally left on the door or cooker area for two months after Chinese New Year although many families leave them all year round for continued good luck but they must be renewed each year so save this document for every year and pass onto as many friends and families as you can as it is considered very auspicious to receive a couplet especially without charge. Do not worry if you lose this document as we post a revised version on the website every year for you all.
Red Envelopes (Ang Pow)
Red envelopes also known as “red packets” "laisee" or “Hung-Bao” are also an important part of a traditional Chinese New Y“Ang Pow” ear. I have written an interesting article on this and also made another project should you wish to make your own. If you follow this link you will find more details. Ang pows
Once they were allfree from the ever-watchful eyes of the Kitchen God, who was supposed to return on the first day of the New Year, the family now prepared for the upcoming celebrations.
The image below is the kitchen God with his Consort. It should be printed and placed above the oven or hob whichever is used most. You must renew the image every Chinese New Year.
Visit the pages below for further details on 2011 Chinese New Year etc.
Chinese New Year 2011 ** How to make your own Ang Pow **Chinese Talismans for 2011 ** Chinese animal predictions for 2011 ** Flying star Xuan Kong 2011 ** Salt Water cure information** Avoid the fury of the Grand Duke, three killing 2011** Chinese New Year world time converter 2011** 2011 Cures and enhancers kits ** How to take a compass reading ** How to determine your facing direction ** Feng Shui software ** Feng Shui resource ** 2011 Tong Shu Almanac Software ** Feng Shui Blog ** Chinese culture **
Are you really prepared for 2011?
© Michael Hanna - Feng Shui Store 2011
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