Just a few weeks ago, we welcomed the year 2012, and in a few days’ time, yet another joyous occasion awaits the entire world. On January 23, the Lunar Calendar enters the Chinese New Year of the Water Dragon.
Predicted to be a life-changing and transformational year, the Year of the Dragon brings in a good year of business, but experts also caution people against overspending, as dragons are known to be showy beasts. The dragon’s confidence also urges people to be more aware of the nature of their actions, as they may become impulsive decision-makers.
We visited busy Binondo and feng shui specialty stores to share with you what charms and amulets to equip you with in the coming Chinese new year.
Just like the general rule in Western astrology, these beliefs and predictions are not meant to be followed as a rule in making decisions in life, but rather a guide to help encourage a more harmonious and prosperous new year ahead. With this, we all wish you in advance a happy and blessed Year of the Black Water Dragon!
We caught a busy TV crew shooting footage of a dragon dance along the Ongpin bridge.
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A typical good luck charms stand in Binondo, laden with everything from statues, to amulets, decorative hanging ornaments and keychains.
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Pomegranate, P980, from World of Feng Shui, said to aid fertility.
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Another version of the pomegranate charm is this jewel-encrusted keychain, P2,880, from World of Feng Shui
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Bejewelled decorative dragon ornament, P8,680, from World of Feng Shui
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Dragon decorative ornament, from World of Feng Shui
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The mystic jade dragon amulet is believed to give overall protection to its wearer. P980, from World of Feng Shui.
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Ginger root crops ("gabi"), are some of the most common charms you'll find on the streetalong Ongpin in Binondo. These crops, which signify abundance, sell for P50 each.
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Rice stalk or "Palay" is another good luck charm, selling for P50 apiece.
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The street vendor calls these pineapple with bamboo charms "plakda". Pineapples represent good luck in feng shui because in Chinese, the word for "pineapple" sounds almost the same as saying "Good luck coming your way". These sell for P450 each.
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Dragon amulet keychain, considered the all-in-one good luck charm this year, P250
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Water Luo with Bamboo and Crane, to ward off illness, P720
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Money pouches for prosperity
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Other hanging ornaments to bring in good fortune to your home or office
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Don't forget to have your charms blessed after purchasing them. Most charms stores offer this service for free if you buy the item from them.
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Make sure to buy tikoy as well while you're shopping! Happy Year of the Dragon.