Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Li Chun, 2011

I'm no fengshui master. Nay, I'm not even a fengshui student. All I know about Chinese geomancy comes from the fengshui books that my wife bought. And that's knowing very, very little because I don't read them.

Still, I have with me this thick book by Joey Yap, called The Ten Thousand Year Calendar or Wan Nian Li 年曆. Why it's called that is beyond me, because the book covers only the years from 1900 to 2050. Maybe it's part of a Larger Picture that I'm not aware of.

Anyway, it's that time of the year again when I have to delve into this book to see when this year's Li Chun 立春 would occur. That it will fall on 4 Feb 2011 is without doubt. But I need to let my aunt know the exact time. She needs it to gum that little piece of red paper onto the family rice bucket to signify abundance. So let's see what the book says...

Hmm, yes, Li Chun for 2011 is at 12.34pm, that is, 34 minutes after the hour of noon on 4 Feb 2011. That's when the Chinese lunisolar calendar officially marks the Coming Of Spring. And in case you don't already know, that is the real start to the Chinese New Year.

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