Li Chun (立春) Day is first day of the Chinese New Year according to the Chinese solar calendar. It is also the first day of the Chinese Farmer’s Calendar and we refer to it as the first day of Spring. Unlike the first day of the Chinese lunar year which changes significantly every year, the solar new year starts on pretty much the same day every year; usually on the 3rd or 4th on February.
In 2023, Li Chun falls on Saturday, 4th February 2022, 10.42 AM (China Standard Time).
- So this auspicious new start is celebrated appropriately with some fanfare. In provincial parts of China, the spring festival is a huge event where farmers and householders make lavish offerings and supplications to the deities of agriculture and four elements to request for blessings of abundant harvests, protection from crop disease and disasters. Great emperors of the past have also held important ceremonies on the first day of spring to request blessings from the deities for protection against famine and mass disasters.
Li Chun is also a very significant day in Chinese metaphysics. It marks the time and date that the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of of 315°; so this is the day that the annual Flying Star Feng Shui Chart and Paht Chee chart of the year comes into effect. So if you’re preparing your home for the new energies of the year, this is an important date to take note.
Traditionally, households will perform many rituals on this day to signify an a fresh and auspicious start. Here are some of the most important activities to perform before and during Li Chun Day.
1. Settle all your debts before Li Chun
It is vital not to begin the new year with “unfinished business” or owing money to others. It is believed that if you start the year with debt (even small ones), you are likely to suffer financial setbacks for the rest of the year. So usually, we Chinese will try to settle our financial obligations before the start Spring.
- Settle all your credit card obligations and loan installments due for the month. “Financial obligations” here refer to debt you owe based on existing contractual arrangements. As long as you pay your loan installments and credit card minimum payment required for that month, you’re covered. If you have arranged flexi-payments and so forth, ensure that you meet the installments required for that month. Make these payments even if it hasn’t reached the due date yet. The idea is to begin the new year with a clean [accounting] book.
- Pay back any outstanding “mini” debts to friends and relatives. You know, like the time you went to a restaurant and split the bill with your friends – make sure you settle these little debts!
- Pay up whatever is due to your business suppliers based on the payment terms you have agreed.
- Don’t forget people who look after your household: gardener, housekeeper, babysitter or anyone whom you may still owe wages!
- Avoid making large purchases (buying a car) or taking out new loans just before Li-Chun or Chinese New Year. If you need to purchase something big, do it after Chinese New Year.
2. Deposit money or create a fixed deposit investment in your bank account
It is very auspicious for money to come to you on the first day of Spring! So here in Asia, we have a tradition of depositing some money into our bank accounts during auspicious astrological times on the first day of Spring. Traditionally, wealthy families in ancient China would add gold ingots to the family treasury, top up their ladies’ purses and stock up their grain houses for the start of the year. In modern times, we can view our bank accounts as our money purses! I’ve created a table below that shows important times for depositing money into your account based on your animal sign.
Ways to deposit money into your account:
- Deposit cash during the auspicious time
- Ask a relative or spouse to transfer money into your account during the auspicious hour.
Note: Li Chun Day begins at 10.42am on 4th February so all the hours before that time are not relevant this ritual.
The times shown below are based on China Standard Time (Beijing time – same as Malaysia and Singapore Time). If you’re living in a different time zone please convert it to your time. On the header row, look for your animal sign, and then check which hours are recommended for your sign.
(Click the table below to enlarge)
3. Stock-up your Pantry & Fridge
- Fill up your rice urn! In fact, you can have more than 1 rice urn… and the auspicious number to have is 2 or 3. Having more than one rice urn signifies an abundance of spare rations. If you do not eat rice as a staple, stock up on whatever you consume as a staple. That might be pasta, wheat flour or anything that you consume regularly as long as it is a type of grain.
- Fill up your pantry with grains, sweets, yoghurt, fruits and veges.
4. Install all your Feng Shui Cures before Li Chun
Since Li Chun is the official day that feng shui and astrological charts take effect, do make sure that all your cures and enhancers are in place a few days before this date. The list below is based on the cures and recommendations I made during my recent Year of the Water Rabbit Feng Shui and Astrology Forecast. The most important of all the ones mentioned below is the Eight Emanations of Guru Rinpoche (for overcoming the 5 Yellow), The Golden Queen Mother of the West, Tai Sui House Amulet and the Three Killings Amulet. Install these items in the correct places.
Most Important for Spring Day:
- Northwest – Eight Emanations of Guru Rinpoche
- Northeast – 2023 Anti Burglary Amulet for the House
- East – Tai Sui House Amulet for 2023
- West- Three Killings Cure for 2023 (very important for Rooster, Monkey, Dog and Rabbit)
- West – Anti Robbery House Amulet (very important for protection of young men against violence)
Flying Star Cures and Enhancers:
- #1 Star of Victory (Southwest) – Windfall Victory Cup
- #2 Star of Illness (East) – Moon Rabbit making Longevity Pills
- #3 Star of Quarrels (Southeast) – Three Harmony Rabbit & Apple Peace Amulet
- #4 Star of Romance & Literary Success (Centre) – Peach Blossom Amulet Cards
- #5 Yellow of Accidents (Northwest) – Eight Emanations of Guru Rinpoche
- #6 Star of Divine Noblemen (West) – Golden Queen Mother of the West
- #7 Star of Robbery (Northeast) – Anti Robbery House Amulet
- #8 Star of Prosperity (South) – Eight Prosperity Horses
- #9 Star of Future Prosperity (North) – Mongoose Spouting Nine Pots of Gold
5. Prayers for Li Chun Day
For those who know how to do these prayers and rituals, I recommend: