We love an excuse to get festive. Now that Christmas and New Year have passed, and Easter seems an age away, we look to the East for something to celebrate.
When it comes to celebrations, China definitely has the right idea. Their New Year celebrations last for an epic 15 days! Chinese New Year encourages the welcoming in of good fortune for the coming year. The celebrations are opulent and extravagant, featuring firecrackers and lanterns as well as family meals and a wealth of traditions.
Combining opulence, extravagance, great food and time to reflect – this is right up our spa street!
So, in true spa spirit, we've taken a look at the wealth of traditions that the Chinese people acknowledge over the next 15 days and cherry-picked the ones that will give you the perfect reason to spa!
Chì Kǒu: On the third day after Chinese New Year, it is thought to be the day of "the God of blazing wrath". Not a good day for socialising or visiting friends and relatives. The perfect excuse to immerse ourselves in a floatation treatment. Alone, relaxed, weightless. Bliss.
Renri: The seventh day brings the birthday of the common man – the day when we all get a year older, apparently. Not here! We've decided to take this day to say "no!" to wrinkles and ageing. We may not quite be ready for a gold-thread facial rejuvenation treatment, but you'll probably find us at a spa getting a facial!
Yuan Xiao Festival: On the fifteenth day, candles are placed outside homes to guide lost spirits home, and families walk the streets carrying lighted lanterns. We think, after all this hard work celebrating, the fifteenth day is just perfect for a candle massage. If you can't get out to a spa, lighting a glorious scented candle can help you relax and reflect in the comfort of your own home.
What excuses do you make to escape to a spa? Email us at [email protected].
Until next time,
The Good Spa Spies x
18th March 2014
Luxurious scented candles; hot massage oil; being warm; unusual treatments; fluffy towels; natural light; firm pressure.
Mould; slamming doors; being walked in on while treatment in progress; therapists with cigarette-laced breath.
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