Lunar New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of all traditional Chinese festivals. It is celebrated over fifteen days and it symbolizes a new beginning. This is also a time when familial and social ties are reaffirmed. To usher in the New Year, families conduct a thorough spring-cleaning of their homes to symbolically “clean away” any inauspiciousness of the preceding year. This also readies their homes and paves the way for the arriving good luck in the coming year. Decorative items such as paper cut-outs, couplets and flowers are displayed prominently to ignite positive energies. The acts of buying new clothes and shoes and getting a new hair-cut also symbolize a fresh beginning. Importantly for Buddhists, devotional altars and statues are cleaned thoroughly and decorations and offerings from the previous year are replaced with fresh ones.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, families host the traditional Reunion Dinner. Wherever they may be, all family members make their way back home to honour family ties. Each of the fifteen days marks a special occasion and Thekchen Choling celebrates these with a series of activities. For instance, the first day honours the deities of the heavens and earth as well as seniors of the family. This day also marks birthday of Maitreya Buddha. The seventh day, traditionally known as “Ren Ri “, celebrates the common man’s birthday. The ninth day observes the birthday of the Jade Emperor or Lord Indra. The fifteenth day celebrates “Yuan Xiao Jie” and marks the end of the festivities.

Chinese New Year 2020

CNY registration will will start on 9/12(Mon)!
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USHERING THE GOLDEN RAT LUNAR NEW YEAR 2020
CELEBRATING JOY • IGNITING HOPES • PRESERVING CULTURE
2 Jan – 19 Feb 2020

Merit Accumulation Offerings


M01 Mandala Lights

$2988 per lantern per year
Per Name / Family / Company

M02 Light of Enlightenment
$1988 per lantern per year
Per Name / Family / Company

M03 Prosperity and Longevity Tablet
$1380 per tablet per year
Per Name / Family / Company

M04 Offering of 12 Yaksha Generals
$2000 per tablet per year
Per Name / Family / Company

Note: Only 12 Statues available for offering. On first come first serve basis only.

*1 Year Installment payment for UOB Credit Card Members Only.*


M05 Bodhisattva Cundi Purification Puja

$188 per puja
Per Name / Family / Company

M06 Yearly Deity Light (Cundi / Manjushri / Chenrezig / Yellow Dzambala)
$100 per light per year
Per Name / Family / Company

M07 Meritorious Food Offering to Buddhas
$380 per set
Per Name / Family / Company

M08 Daily Food Offering to Buddhas
$30 per name

M09 Daily Tea Offering and Auspicious Offering
$12 per set
Per Name / Family / Company

M10 Prosperity Rice Bag
$18 per bag
Per Name / Family / Company

Date of collection: 24 Jan (Fri), 11.30pm

M11 Auspicious Offerings
$168 per set
Per Name / Family / Company

Date of offering: 24 Jan (Fri)


PRE-CELEBRATION HIGHLIGHTS


Thanksgiving Day Offerings

T01 Divine Light of 1000 Buddhas
$128 per set
Per Name / Family / Company
Date of offering: 2 Jan (Thurs)

T02 Thanksgiving Offering
$50 per set
Per Name / Family / Company
Date of offering: 2 Jan (Thur)

T03 Yearly Obstacles Cleansing Fire Puja
$10 per name
Date: 11 Jan (Sat), 8pm


CHINESE NEW YEAR EVENT HIGHLIGHTS


Sakyadevaraja’s (Indra) Birthday Offerings)

S01 Grand Offering to 24 Heavenly Kings
$300 per table
Per Name / Family / Company
Date of offering: 1 Feb (Sat), 7.30pm

S02 Prosperity Offering to 24 Heavenly Kings
$50 per set
Per Name / Family / Company
Date of offering: 1 Feb (Sat), 7.30pm


Dzambala Birthday Offerings

D01 Treasures of Wealth
$50 per set
Per Name / Family / Company
Date of offering: 19 Feb (Wed)

D02 Offering of Auspicious Oranges
$68 per carton
Per Name / Family / Company

Chinese New Year Programme 2020


2 January (Th
u), Thanksgiving Day

11am – Food Offering before all Buddhas
6pm – Free Vegetarian Dinner
8pm – Sutra Recitation of “The Names of the 1000 Buddhas” (Chi)


11 January (Sat)

8pm – Yearly Obstacles Cleansing Fire Puja


24 January (Fri)

10pm – Invocation Prayer of Wealth Deities (Bring your wealth arrow, if any)
12am – Lion and Dragon Dance
12.30am – Blessing by Singha Rinpoche


25 January (
Sat), Birthday of Maitreya Buddha

8am – Palden Lhamo Puja (Tib)
11am – Sixteen Arhats Puja (Tib)
12nn – Lion Dance Performance


26 January (Sun)

10am – Medicine Buddha Puja (Tib)
12nn – Free Vegetarian Lunch
4pm – Tea Offering to Dharma Protector (Tib)
5pm – Auspicious Ceremonial Greetings to Singha Rinpoche
6pm – Lo Hei
7pm – Free Vegetarian Dinner & Lion Dance Performance


1 February (S
at), Eve of Sakradevaraja‘s (Indra) Birthday

11am – Food Offering before all Buddhas
6.30pm – Free Vegetarian Dinner
7.30pm – Prayers before 24 Heavenly Kings
8pm – Recitation of “Usnisa Vijaya Dharani Sutra” (Chi)
10pm – Lion Dance Performance


2 February (Su
n), Sakradevaraja‘s (Indra) Birthday

11am – Food Offering before all Buddhas


4 February (
Tue), Start of Spring (Li Chun)

5pm – Guru Puja (Tib), recitation of Sampa Lhundrup, Prayer for Spontaneously Accomplishing Wishes & Auspicious Puja (Tib)
6.30pm – Lion and Dragon Dance


8 February (Sa
t) , Spring Lantern Festival (Fifteenth day of CNY)

10am – Offering to Naga & Ganapati Puja (Tib)
11am – Food Offering before Buddhas
12nn – Free Vegetarian Lunch
4pm – 4 Protector Puja (Tib) & White Dzambala Puja (Tib)
8pm – Sutra Recitation of “The Names of the 1000 Buddhas”(Chi)
9.30pm – Lion Dance Performance


18 February (
Tue), Eve of Lord Dzambala’s Birthday

10pm – Wealth Bestowing Day of Yellow Dzambala, Invocation Prayers by Singha Rinpoche and Sanghas & Lion Dance Performance


19 February (We
d), Dzambala’s Birthday

10am – Yellow Dzambala Puja (Tib)
6.30pm – Free Vegetarian Dinner
8pm – White Dzambala Initiation


Join us in the CNY celebration as we welcome the new Year!

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