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Lunar New Year
« on: February 04, 2018, 04:48:10 pm »
Hi all, your resident mudang 무당 here.

Lunar New Year is coming up next week! It is typically a week long sort of celebration due to how crazy it gets with everyone traveling to their families. But the actual festival falls on February 15 and 16th. It coincides with 초하루, a minifestival for mudang (shaman-priests like myself) that is typically first lunar day of the month. I'll be fairly busy for prep this upcoming week - refreshing everything, cleaning everything and cooking and whatnot for offerings.

So what are your plans?

It's the perfect time to go to a shrine or temple and pray for good fortune for the coming year, renewing any and all talismans/amulets, and so on. I'll be drawing up new 부적 (paper talismans) that weekend and will have various other items blessed during this auspicious time.
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Re: Lunar New Year
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2018, 02:23:29 pm »
Hi all, your resident mudang 무당 here.

Lunar New Year is coming up next week! It is typically a week long sort of celebration due to how crazy it gets with everyone traveling to their families. But the actual festival falls on February 15 and 16th. It coincides with 초하루, a minifestival for mudang (shaman-priests like myself) that is typically first lunar day of the month. I'll be fairly busy for prep this upcoming week - refreshing everything, cleaning everything and cooking and whatnot for offerings.

So what are your plans?

It's the perfect time to go to a shrine or temple and pray for good fortune for the coming year, renewing any and all talismans/amulets, and so on. I'll be drawing up new 부적 (paper talismans) that weekend and will have various other items blessed during this auspicious time.

I don't practice any of the religious traditions associated with the cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year, but the city I live in does have large Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese Canadian communities, so its actually a pretty big celebration here. People who don't specifically celebrate this tradition certainly know its happening - for example, my local giant grocery store has a giant East-Asian style Dragon hanging from the rafters and the "Holiday" section of the store is filled with products used to celebrate this Lunar New Year.

So, in a sense this is a really interesting holiday for me, because it is starting to creep into my life even though I'm not directly associated with any religion or culture in which it is important (aside from a very casual interest in East Asian religious traditions). My family, like many in Calgary, will go visit the Chinese cultural centre when it is opened to everyone around the New Year because although Lunar New Year is not part of my (ethnic background) culture...it is part of my (city of birth and residence) culture and I think its important my kids know about it and participate in some small way.

Given that the Lunar New Year falls around the part of winter when, quite frankly, even a cold and dark loving Canuck like myself starts to get tired of the Ice Age climate here, it has, personally, become a major sign indicating that winter is drawing to a close, and spring is (slowly) on its way.
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Re: Lunar New Year
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2018, 03:49:32 pm »

So what are your plans?


Happy New Year!

I run the hospitality suite for people of color at Pantheacon, and we had a party with oranges and treats and red packets and ancestor offerings. It was really nice to have enough of us together to celebrate in a space that is often very Europe-focused.
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