International Feng Shui Awareness Day 2023: International Feng Shui Awareness Day is observed annually on April 8. This is an ancient Chinese practise that utilises energy to harmonise individuals with their surroundings. Numerous individuals in Asia and the West believe in feng shui and consult specialists in the hopes of enhancing their wealth, life, happiness, and family. Some even consult feng shui when constructing a home or making a significant purchase. But what exactly is feng shui, and how does it work? International Feng Shui Awareness Day exists to help individuals comprehend this concept.
HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL FENG SHUI AWARENESS DAY
It is difficult to pinpoint the origin of feng shui, and there is much debate about it. Before the Chinese invented the compass as a divination tool, astronomers used feng shui to find correlations between humans and the rest of the universe. According to the Yangshao and Hongshan cultures, the earliest evidence of feng shui dates back to 4000 B.C., when the doors of the houses in Banpo were aligned with the asterism ‘Yingshi’ after the winter solstice, allowing the houses to absorb heat through solar gain. In addition, a grave at Puyang from the same time period that contains mosaics of a Chinese star map is aligned along a north-south axis, and the presence of both square and round shapes in the grave and Hongshan sites seems to indicate that the gaitian cosmography existed here prior to the Zhoubi Suanjing text.
The earliest feng shui instruments were liuren astrolabes (also known as’shi’), two-sided boards with astronomical sightlines used for divination and determining the position and altitude of the stars. The earliest shi were discovered within tombs dating between 278 and 209 B.C. Nearly identical to the markings found on the first magnetic compasses, these compasses have nearly identical markings.
Prior to 206 B.C., the magnetic compass was invented during the Han and Tang dynasties. Luopan is the term for the traditional compass used in feng shui, though a common modern compass can be used as long as the differences are understood. The needle points to the south magnetic pole, not the geographical one, and a practitioner uses it to determine the precise direction of a structure, location, or object. It also contains a number of formulas and information about its functions.
HOW TO CELEBRATE WORLD FENG SHUI AWARENESS DAY
Gain knowledge of feng shui
You can learn more about this ancient practise by visiting the International Feng Shui Association’s website and social media, Wikipedia, or your local library. Share the fascinating things you’ve learned with your coworkers.
Attend a feng shui art display
Feng shui is also utilised in art! Try to locate art galleries in your city that host traditional art exhibitions. On International Feng Shui Awareness Day, they might host a special exhibition.
Employ feng shui at home
Now that you have a better understanding of feng shui, why not give it a try? There are many beginner-friendly guides available online. To increase the positive energy around you, you can begin with small adjustments, such as rearranging a few household items in accordance with their suggestions.
5 IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT FENG SHUI
It centres on five elements.
These are wood, fire, metal, earth, and water, and each of them can enhance different aspects of a person, such as creativity for wood and wisdom for water.
“Feng shui” literally means “wind and water.”
It is said that both wind and water are the carriers of the life force known as ‘chi’ or ‘qi,’ with wind propelling it and water restraining it.
A palace was designed with feng shui in mind.
The entrances to the Forbidden City in Beijing are guarded by pairs of Guardian Lions and are surrounded by an artificial mountain and two man-made rivers.
In China, Feng shui is restricted
During the Cultural Revolution, Mao Zedong’s government burned a large number of books and made feng shui illegal; although this is no longer the case, public aversion remains strong, and government officials who consulted feng shui were expelled.
American developers of real estate have embraced it.
The Baccarat Hotel, the Mandarin Oriental, the Setai Club, and the Spa Wall Street in New York City were all designed using feng shui principles.
WHY INTERNATIONAL FENG SHUI AWARENESS DAY IS IMPORTANT
It encourages healthy home habits.
De-cluttering your desk or entrance, cleaning frequently, and repainting your walls are examples of such practises. Your home is a reflection of your inner self; therefore, caring for your environment has a positive effect on you.
It encourages us to increase our knowledge of other cultures
Foreigners may initially find feng shui to be strange and inaccessible, but the community surrounding it has made it simple to learn what it is and how to practise it. By reading about feng shui, you can learn a great deal about ancient and modern Chinese culture, including its geography, history, and language.
Positive energy can enhance one’s personal life.
According to popular belief, feng shui can increase wealth, happiness, longevity, and family. It also teaches us how to avoid negative energy. In addition, you may sleep better without your phone in bed!
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