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Introduction of Chinese New Year Decorations
  • 18 Jan 2017
The Chinese will begin to decorate their houses 10 days before the lunar new year. Because Chinese think red is the most auspicious color, so almost all of the decorations are related to the color red and lucky image, and in the Chinese tradition, 2017 is the year of the rooster, so the cock decoration will appear.

1 Chinese Red Lantern - bad luck
Chinese lanterns are often used in important festivals, such as the Spring Festival and the mid autumn festival. During the lunar new year period, it is not uncommon to see lanterns hanging on the streets, office buildings and houses on the doors of trees. A red lantern hanging in front of the door is thought to drive away the bad luck of the past year.


2 Door couplets - the latest desire
The Spring Festival New Year China antithetical couplet antithetical couplet, antithetical couplet (Du Li, n/ dway-lyen. Antithetical couplet pasted on the door). In couplets, good wishes or statements expressed. New year's blessings are usually in pairs (i.e. couplets), because even numbers are associated with good luck and auspiciousness in Chinese culture. Couplet is a Chinese calligraphy brush works, black ink in red paper. The two normally seven character lines of the coupling are fixed on both sides of the door. Many poems about the coming of spring. Some are statements about what the residents want or believe, such as harmony or prosperity. These may remain until the next lunar new year. In addition, a character of four characters is usually added to the beam of the door frame.


3 Paper cutting - luck and happiness
Chinese New Year decoration it is customary to paste in the window during the lunar new year. Paper cutting is the technique of cutting paper (any color, but usually the red color of the Chinese people), which is then bonded to a contrasting backing or transparent surface (such as a window). Usually, people in northern and central China in windows and doors pasted red paper. The image of auspicious plants or animals usually provides the theme of the new year's paper cutting. Each animal or plant represents a different wish. For example, pomegranate, peach is a symbol of longevity; fertility; Yuanyang, love pine, eternal youth; peony, honor and wealth; while perched on the branches of the plum magpie heralds the lucky events soon to happen.

4 New Year Painting - a symbol of New Year greetings

In the new year, New Year paintings (Ni, nhu, New Year paintings / nyen-hwaa /) is affixed to the door and the wall for decorative purposes and as a sign of new year greetings. The image of the painting is an auspicious legend and plant. 5 Inverted character - Luck'Poured Out' Lunar New Year ornament Similar to the new year as the paper-cut is sometimes antithetical couplet, calligraphy, paper of the diamond (45 degree Square) and the inverted Chinese characters Fu (F / foo / case) paste. The character was deliberately reversed, it usually means "good luck", upside down role means they want "good luck" or "out of them". The right side of the character is initially a glyph of a bottle. So, by rising the character means that they "gush" good luck in those who pass through the door! Upside down legend This interesting tradition may come from an innocent mistake... A Chinese New Year (the exact year is not known now), a family put their blessing to reverse a careless mistake. On the first day of the lunar new year, the first guests to visit them, see the upside of the blessing, and shouted at them: "your blessing down! 'your Fu is down! '). Inverted (Dao / daoww /) means "inversion", it means "pour out". So, "your blessing has fallen" can be interpreted as "your blessing has fallen out". People love alternative meaning, pour out that they began to change their Fu decorative upside down "call" blessing ".


6 kumquat tree - a desire for wealth and good luck
Kumquat kumquat tree tree
In Cantonese, known as gam gat sue kumquat. The word gam (gold) is a "gold" Cantonese word, the gat word sounds like "good luck" in cantonese.

Similarly, in Mandarin, kumquat called kumquat tree (J NJ sh case kumquat tree connected / jin-jyoo / shoo), and gold (gold) is the gold Chinese words. Not only does the word sound like Chinese "good luck" (Ji J / Jee /), but it also contains Chinese characters if written in orange. Therefore, there is a kumquat tree symbolizes wealth and good luck wishes at home. Kumquat trees are especially popular during the Lunar New Year of the plant, especially in Hongkong, Macao, Guangdong and Guangxi area of Southern China.

8 Blooming flowers - wishing for a prosperous New Year
The Spring Festival, also known as the Spring Festival, marks the beginning of spring. It is very common to decorate the house with flowers, which symbolizes the coming of spring and the prosperous new year. The most popular flowering plants used during this period were the branches of plum blossoms, orchids, peonies, and peach blossoms. Plants and flowers are very popular in Hongkong and Macao as the Lunar New Year decorations.


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