Let’s paste the door couplets and welcome the New Year!
When it comes to the Spring Festival, pasting door couplets and Chinese door gods’ images are major elements of the culture. At the end of the year, after we clean the houses inside and out, we paste the door gods’ images on the door to keep the whole family away from bad luck and disasters, and then the lucky bright red couplets to creating a festive atmosphere.
As to the couplets, the words are to express the good wishes to welcome the auspiciousness and blessing. Back in the old days, our ancestors put emphasis on “to paste every gods on every doors and everything” so that the lucky bright red are everywhere in the house. When the house is full of auspiciousness, the mood and destiny of the family become as bright, cheerful and hopeful as the couplets.
Here are some tips for pasting couplets. For instance, the first line of the couplet should be pasted on the right when you face the door, while the one with the ending line is on the left. This activity is better to proceed in the morning. Second, the old couplets of previous year should be torn down and burnt. Be grateful for the blessings and protection we receive for the ending year. Then put up the new couplet neatly for the upcoming New Year.
This year, the "couplet" that I have prepared for you to welcome the Spring Festival is harmonized into a phrase, known as the "spring verse", which writes “Full House of Auspiciousness”. Finally, my New Year wish for everyone: a series of joyous events, harmonious will and beautiful heart, slender waist yet vast tolerance, abundance of wealth and happiness for the whole year.