It is best to adopt a vegetarian diet on the fifth day of the first lunar month, the day when the God of Wealth brings good fortune (20130210 Q&A)
Caller: Dear Master Lu, it’s Chinese New Year now and we will absolutely adopt a full vegetarian diet on the first and the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Due to the many gatherings of relatives and friends during this period, could you please let us know which days we should avoid eating meat?
Master Jun Hong Lu: Firstly, keep in mind that you need to adopt a vegetarian diet on the first and the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Do you know why? It is because many Bodhisattvas come on these days. As you are not a vegetarian yet, after Chinese New Year’s day you may return to your normal diet on the second, third and fourthday. However it is still best not to eat animals that are slaughtered alive. The fifth day is when the God of Wealth brings us good fortune. People commonly pray for prosperity on this day, therefore do you think eating meat on this day will help? Compassion could bring you wisdom and prosperity. When we are merciful and compassionate, we abstain from killing and eating animals slaughtered alive, don’t we? Adopt a vegetarian diet on this day to welcome the God of Wealth and see if you gain better financial opportunities.