Chinese horoscope experts Laura Lau and her mother Theodora Lau, authors of the top-selling “The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes”, latest book is “Wedding Feng Shui – The Chinese Horoscopes Guide to Planning Your Wedding.”
Laura Lau, who married into the Indian Karmarkar family, will read excerpts from her book, followed by a Q&A, at the Indo-American Arts Council-sponsored book launch from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 7, 2011 at Aicon Gallery (35 Great Jones Street) in Soho.
From finding your luckiest wedding day to choosing the perfect flowers, WEDDING FENG SHUI (Harper Paperbacks; $16.99) is a unique guide to wedding planning.
“My wedding was a blend of Chinese and Indian wedding traditions, and I love how both cultures share a strong sense of symbolism, family and spirituality,” says Lau. “My hope with writing Wedding Feng Shui is to have brides think about incorporating cultural traditions in new and creative ways.”
In their book, Laura and Theodora share answers to the most popular wedding questions they have received over the years and teach readers how to customize a wedding based on the bride and groom’s lunar and solar signs. Accompanied by beautiful Chinese calligraphy, WEDDING FENG SHUI introduces readers to their Chinese moon sign, shows them how to use their sign’s natural strengths during the planning process, and predicts challenges leading up to the big day.
“Vastu springs from the same tradition as Feng Shui, leading to amazing similarities in addressing individuals and their lifestyles through both traditions,” says Aroon Shivdasani, Executive Director of the Indo-American Arts Council. “A great believer in horoscopes and the ‘other forces’ of nature, Laura’s book allows me to think of the fascinating intersection of Chinese and Indian cultural traditions.”
By interweaving traditional and nontraditional elements, WEDDING FENG SHUI helps brides make every aspect of the wedding personalized and special, from choosing the most auspicious day to selecting the right dress and the luckiest colors, flowers, and symbols. Chinese horoscopes for every sign also offer essential insights on how to best manage the many relationships that come together with a marriage—the interaction of the couple, in-laws, bridesmaids, groomsmen, vendors, and guests.
About Laura Lau: Laura Lau is the co-author of The Handbook of Chinese Horoscopes and Best-Loved Chinese Proverbs. The daughter of Kenneth and Theodora Lau, Laura is a second generation author on Chinese culture and horoscopes. Born in Hong Kong, she divides her time between Asia and southern California with her husband. www.laura-lau.com.
About The Indo-American Arts Council: The Indo-American Arts Council is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit, secular service and resource arts organization charged with the mission of promoting and building the awareness, creation, production, exhibition, publication and performance of Indian and cross-cultural art forms in North America. It is passionate about showcasing, celebrating and building an awareness of artists and artistic disciplines of Indian origin in the performing, literary, visual and folk arts. www.iaac.us
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