Tuesday, February 1, 2022, is Lunar New Year, commemorated in Brunei, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Singapore and Vietnam! [Tibetans are on a slightly different lunar calendar, see below.]
HAPPY YEAR OF THE WATER TIGER! From the group at Buddha Weekly, we want you– and your households– auspiciousness, good luck, health, long life for 2022! Water Tiger’s impact will be felt till January 21, 2023.
Prior to New Year– or after, it’s never ever far too late– it’s standard to cleanse your previous unfavorable karmas from 2021. (See listed below “A Time to Purify”).
For the initially 15 days of lunar New Year, generate auspiciousness with fortunate activities (see the area listed below!).
Aside from the remarkable mix of fascinating activities set up around the world for Chinese New Year, the lunar very first month of 2022 will be a hectic one for Dharma activities.
Celebrate the New Year and every Dharma activity in the very first month to guarantee an advantageous, happy year! Some of the Dharma Dates are highlighted listed below.
February Dharma Celebrations
You’ll discover the month-to-month Dharma Calendar Highlights on the web page of Buddha Weekly– a fantastic new animated wheel of dates, hover over graphics for dates in the month!
As the New Year, this will be an extremely hectic month.
- Chinese New Year, Year of the Water Tiger (NOTE: LOSAR or Tibetan New Year remains in March this year!) February 1, 2022
- Tara Puja Day February 8, 2022
- ANNUAL HERUKA TSOG (12th Tibetan Lunar month, 10th lunar day!) February 11, 2022. For a function on the yearly Heruka and Vajrayogini days and months, see>> > > https://buddhaweekly.com/heruka-chakrasamvara-and-vajrayoginis-special-months-honoring-the- blissful-wisdom-mother-in-the -11 th-month-and-the- compassionate-hero-in-the -12 th/
- Padmasambhava month-to-month day and Daka Tsog February 11, 2022
- Nirvana Day, February 15, 2022
- Lantern Festival February 15, 2022
- Maha Puja Day or Sangha Day February 16, 2022
- Full moon and Medicine Buddha Puja Day February 16, 2022
- Dakini Tsog February 26, 2022
For a complete year Calendar of Dharma Dates (transformed from lunar to Western calendar)>>> >
NOTE: Losar in Tibet is renowned later on, on March 3 in 2022. For information on the various lunar systems, see this function “Buddhist Dharma Dates 2022: clearing the confusion on lunar calendars”>> > >
Before the New Year
Traditionally, celebrants will prepare for Chinese New Year by cleaning their homes (sweeping away the bad luck of the previous year.) Buddhist gompas and abbeys will carry out routines on this last day, which symbolically repel the unfavorable forces of the old year.
NOTE: Traditionally, an individual needs to not clean their home for the very first couple of days of the New Year to prevent “sweeping away the good luck.” Cleaning the home prior is a crucial custom, generally for the last 3 weeks of the old year. Similar standards for hairstyles use. Ideally, cut your hair prior to new year, not within the initially 2 weeks after new year.
Red Packets and A Time to Purify?
Several customs have actually ended up being connected with Chinese New Year, many notoriously the “lucky packets”– little red envelopes filled with cash. It is likewise a time to attempt and cleanse to motivate best of luck in the New Year through favorable resolutions, comparable to Western New Year’s resolution.
Traditionally, within 2 weeks of New Year, we would check out the regional Buddhist temple and make offerings to the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha.
Many individuals make “special” journeys to Guanyin temples to “shake the sticks”– bamboo fortune-telling sticks.
In some Buddhist customs, for days or weeks adding to New Year’s, it is thought about advantageous to cleanse unfavorable karmas sticking around from the previous year. By doing so, we do not bring the problem into the new year. [See Vajrasattva Practice below.]
And, do not forget the red packages. Children specifically anticipate them!
How Long are New Year Celebrations?
Typically, we commemorate the initially 16 days of New Year, and in parts of Asia, the initially 3 days to one week of the New Year is a public vacation time!
- New Years Eve 2022: January 31, 2022
- New Years Day 2022: February 1, 2022
- Lantern Festival: February 15, 2022
- Also called: ‘Spring Festival’
- Chinese: 春节 Ch ūn Ji é/ chwn-jyeah/
To guarantee advantageous situations, the very first day of the New Year we attempt to be vegetarian or vegan– a minimum of for the initially mealof the New Year Other advantageous custom-mades consist of not cleaning up the home or cutting or cleaning the hair for New Year’s day, offering common “lucky packets” and fireworks.
Celebrations for Chinese New Year
The primary methods we commemorate Chinese New Year are normally:
- household suppers (frequently on New Year’s eve)
- providing red envelopes with “fortunate cash (not to married individuals, just to single individuals and generally individuals more youthful than you.)
- fireworks and specifically firecrackers
- embellishing for New Year– generally heavy on the red and the gold
- events such as lion and dragon dances– perhaps tiger dances this year?
Are you a Tiger?
Are you born in the year of the tiger? Traditionally, individuals born in the exact same year being commemorated are “against the “Grand Duke” and ought to be low profile; no revealing off!
Past Tiger years: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, and 2022.
If you were born in any of these “lunar” years play it low profile this year.
Wearing red underclothing and socks can assist Tiger- born individuals from misery this year. 
On the other hand, if you are born in a Tiger year, typically, you are “brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident.” 
In lots of Buddhist customs– Mahayana and Vajrayana– the go-to practice for filtration of previous karmas would beVjarasattva This may indicate reciting thousands or hundreds of Vajrasattva mantas. Vajrasattva, the Buddha of Purity, who– if engaged with the 4 challenger powers– assists us cleanse all unfavorable psychological and physical karmic imprints.
Whether Buddhist or not, the 4 challenger powers are quickly acknowledged as an “effective” technique, from both a human– and a mental– point of view, to treat the damage triggered by unfavorable actions. The challenger powers, as explained by Venerable Thubten Chodron, are:
- Regret: not to be puzzled with regret. We acknowledge our duties.
- Restoring the Relationship: After acknowledging, we restore our vow to not hurt through taking Refuge and selfless activities.
- Determination Not to Repeat: we make a guarantee to ourselves.
- Remedial Action: we attempt to repair or reduce the damage. This can be apologies, selfless acts, and filtration practices such as Vajrasattva
More in this function on Karma and Vajrasattva>>> >
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