Chinese New Year Decorations
Plants and Flowers
In Chinese the kumquat is called Gam Gat Sue. The word "Gam" rhymes with the Chinese word for gold, and the word "Gat" sounds like the Chinese word for good luck. Therefore, having a kumquat tree at home symbolizes "abundance of wealth" and good luck. Kumquat Tree is a very popular plant for new year decoration, especially in South China's, Hong Kong, Guangdong and Guangxi provinces. More information on Chinese bonsai.
Peony is considered as "Flower of Richness and Good Luck" in Chinese, and therefore, is a favorable New Year decoration plant.
Chinese Red Lanterns
Chinese lantern is used in festivals especially in Chinese New Year and Lantern Festival. During the New Year, it is not uncommon to see Lanterns hung on trees in the streets, office buildings and doors of houses. Read more on Chinese Lanterns
Paper cutting is the art of cutting designs in paper (black, white, or colored), then gluing them to a contrasting surface or a transparent surface. It is customary for people in North and central China to paste red paper cutting on doors, windows. The image of an auspicious plant or animal are the theme of the New year paper cutting . For example, the peach symbolizes longevity; the pomegranate, fertility; the mandarin duck, love; the pine tree, eternal youth; the peony, honor and wealth; while the magpie perched on the branch of a plum tree presages a lucky event that will soon happen. More information for Chinese paper-cuttings.
Nianhua: New Year painting
New Year Paintings are pasted on doors during the New Year for decorative purpose and as a way of greeting. Images on the paintings are auspicious legendary figures and plants.
The paintings are called "New Year paintings" because they are mostly posted during the New Year and they are also a symbol of New Year's greetings. Read the detailed information on Chinese Paintings.
New Year couplets are pasted on doors. On the couplets good wishes are expressed. New Year couplets are usually posted in pairs as even numbers are associated with good luck and auspiciousness in Chinese culture. Couplets are brushworks of Chinese calligraphy.
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