Red ArowanaAs part of the Chinese New Year celebration, a huge feast is prepared on the eve of the lunar new year. Each dish is prepared with a special meaning and blessing so that when you eat the food, you become blessed by its meaning.

The meaning of the food corresponds to its nature. When you eat the cake, you rise to greater heights like the cake does as it is baking; when you savor the candy in your mouth, it fills you with sweetness; and as you peel a mandarin orange, its zesty fragrance encourages you to take a deep breath, enhancing your longevity. 

"Buddha and Fish Promote Abundance" - Chi Art Painting by Chi-Jen Liu

"Buddha and Fish Promote Abundance"

Among the variety of foods that are prepared, one of the most important dishes includes two whole fish. One fish is eaten on New Year’s eve and the other is saved for New Year's day. In Chinese, the word for fish is yu, which is the homonym for "surplus" or "remaining." By saving a fish to eat on New Year’s day, you are starting the New Year with abundance.

The symbolism of fish is so rooted in the Chinese culture that when fish are seen, they immediately trigger emotions that reinforce the belief of plentitude in life. This is why fish are a popular subject in Chinese art and why aquariums are used in feng shui adjustments for procuring wealth.

In the featured Chi Art painting, “Buddha and Fish Promote Abundance,” the Prosperity Buddha holds a fish in his hands indicating that the key to abundance is to reserve some of your wealth for later. In this way, you create a foundation that supports you with feelings of confidence and security.

When you place this Chi Art in your home or office, the Prosperity Buddha, surrounded by fish and mantra charms for reaching your goals, bestows perpetual blessings of wealth and abundance. Your triggered confidence then propels an upward spiral of energy that continues to attract abundance into your life.

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