One of the many wonderful traditions which are observed for the Lunar New Year is to welcome The God of Wealth, popularly known as ‘Cai Shen Ye’.
This year on the eve of the Lunar New Year, several of my colleagues and I joined Grand Master Vincent Koh and his wife Nancy, at the Goddess of Mercy Temple in Singapore to welcome the arrival of the God of Wealth.
The Chinese traditionally believe that those who pay respect to Cai Shen Ye will receive good fortune from his blessings for the coming year. In 2010 he comes from the South East direction and arrived during the Lunar New Year Eve between 11.00 pm and 3.00 am.
This was a lovely event to be a part of and the gracious Singaporeans from the Goddess of Mercy Temple were very kind and helpful, ensuring that I was able to participate in all of the customs and offerings. This experience was further enriched by Master Koh who showed us around the temple and explained many of the deities, traditions and beliefs.
How wonderful to find myself a part of such an ancient and rich culture and I look forward to the Year of the Tiger and the many blessings I hope are coming to all of us this year!