It is common to see Plum Blossoms decorated almost everywhere for the festive season and there’s a good reason why too! Besides its beautiful appearance, Plum Blossoms signify courage, hope, beauty, purity and prosperity. The Chinese believe that flowers represent new growth after the long winter and when flowers start to bloom, it signifies life and good fortune. Flowers will also lead to fruits, which is another symbol associated with fortune, hence, it is very important to have flowers and plants as decorations during Chinese New Year.
Couplets are very much traditionally significant to the Chinese as they are used to express hopeful thoughts, aspirations and good fortune for the New Year. Couplets are pairs of lines of poetry that are pasted on the sides of doors of Chinese homes or sometimes in the interior. These couplets are generally written with gold or black ink on red paper and put up a few days before Chinese New Year.
Paper cutting is the art of cutting designs out of paper and then gluing them on doors and windows. The paper cuttings are typically an image of an auspicious plant or animal, and each animal or plant represents a different wish for the New Year.
Gold Ingots are a must-have for decoration during the Chinese New Year, as they represent a year full of fortune to come. The gold ingots are replicated based on the sycee, a type of currency used in China until the 20th century.
2016 is set to be the Year of the Monkey. The Monkey ranks ninth position in the Chinese Zodiac. They are cheerful and energetic by nature and usually represent flexibility. People who are born in the Year of the Monkey are believed to be wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and have leadership characteristics.
If there’s one thing that children and people who are unmarried look forward to during Chinese New Year, it would be the Red Packet or Angpau, as it is fondly known as in Chinese. These red envelopes contain money and is used as a way to share blessings and happiness to each other. The red colour also symbolizes good luck, while money wishes the recipient good fortune for times to come.
Mahjong is a fast-paced, four-player game played throughout the year, but it is particularly popular during Chinese New Year amongst relatives, friends and acquaintances. We highly recommend this beautiful gold-tiled mahjong set that’s sure to brighten up your game, and hopefully bring in more wins each round.
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We’ve got more things that would be useful this Chinese New Year over at Mr D.I.Y, from decorations to household needs, so don’t forget to make a trip here and check out our vast selection at a price you won’t be able to resist!