2017年02月24日, 週五

Celebrating the Year of the Monkey

On February 8, Golden Year 13 (2016), families around the world are celebrating the Lunar New Year 2016, Year of the Monkey. With over 4,000 years of history, the Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most important holidays in many Asian communities.

Energetic, curious, and charming, monkeys represent cleverness and fun. We can thus expect this year to bring good cheer, with problems solved and growing harmony and friendship amongst all beings. To celebrate this joyous beginning of the Year of the Monkey, friends and family come together in festivities, including decorating the home and streets with red lanterns and poetic spring couplets, watching the traditional dragon dance, an event believed to bring good fortune, and giving lucky, red envelopes containing gift money to the children and elders.

In a 2014 videoconference with Supreme Master Television staff, Supreme Master Ching Hai expressed Her Lunar New Year wish for the world: 

SM: I wish all the worlds, all beings on this planet all the best and better and better and better all the time. More peace, love and harmony with each other. Thank  you, God. Thank you, all heavens, for helping us. Thank you, thank you. In the name of this planet, we thank you.
Our deep gratitude to our beloved Supreme Master Ching Hai and to the Universal Powers for assisting Her in bringing more and more upliftment to Earth each year, as we wish all around the world a most blessed, happy, vegan Lunar New Year! With Master’s radiant beacon of unconditional Love, infinite Compassion and illuminating Light, we pray that the new year will bring peace and enlightenment to all beings.