The Rule of the Third Day

The rule of the third day of the Chinese New Year is pretty simple: according to who you listen to, it’s either pay a visit to the God of Wealth, or don’t go out!

Rule of the Third in photography is to focus at the near object and blur the background. Easy to do with the haze behind!

Luckily, it’s a cold foggy day, so I’ll take my chances with the Wealth God and hope my upside down “fu” brings me abundance. There’s a few stories about ancient dynasties, beneficient kings and reversed fu s, but they all boil down to one thing – when the fu character is upside down, blessing from heaven come down through fu and land on earth.

The character   is made up of the radical for abundance on the left, and on the right side, the single line at the top symbolizes either a roof or heaven, the square with the cross inside at the bottom is a field, and the open square in the middle is the symbol for mouth. Abundance is blessings from heaven falling on the earth, giving us enough to eat!

Perhaps you have heard of the 12 days of Christmas – well, most of us have heard of the song, but what does it actually mean? Some say it stems from Celtic and Germanic traditions of a mid-winter festival, which became the 12 days of “Yule” a festival celebrating the end of winter and the birth of Spring.

Sound familiar? Chinese New Year is just that, a welcoming of spring celebrated by Chinese across the world, and in China, there are not 12 but 15 days of the festival which take us up to the first full moon of the year – Lantern Festival.

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The Weatlh God and friends at Xuan Miao Guan, Suzhou.

The third day of the lunar year is sometimes known as the day of the red dog – who brings bad luck, so people stay inside.

So, for the Rule of the Third, stay away from red dogs, take blurry background photos, stay in if you can, and if you can’t, pray to the God of Weatlh.

wishing you Abundance from the Wealth God for the Wood Goat year.