Top 5 Lunar New Year Decoration Must-haves

Jan 23, 2017

By PR

Lunar New Year is coming soon. Have you decorated your home yet? If you haven’t, you can learn about these decorations that must be present to greet the Lunar New Year in traditional Chinese community.

1. Chinese Red Lanterns

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Chinese lanterns are used in important events and festivals, such as the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year to the Lantern Festival) and the Mid-Autumn Festival. The red lanterns are said to drive off bad luck, that’s why Chinese hang them on trees in the streets, buildings, and house doors.

2. Door Couplets

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door couplets

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Usually, Chinese put New Year couplets on their doors. They write good wishes and statements on them before pasting them on. The good wishes are usually in black ink on red paper and are posted in pairs, as even numbers are associated with good luck in Chinese culture. These couplets usually stay on until the next Chinese New Year.

3. Chinese Paper Cuttings

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Usually red, Chinese usually glue paper cutting, the art of cutting designs of paper to a contrasting backing or a transparent surface (window). The image of an auspicious plant or animal are usually preferred, with each animal and plant represents a different wish.

4. Kumquat trees

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kumquat tree

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Kumkuat is popular type of orange in the Chinese culture. It has a bitter and sweet taste. In Mandarin, kumquat is called jinju shu, meaning gold. The word ju sounds like the Chinese word for ‘good luck’ (ji, pronounce jee) and contains the same Chinese character if written. That’s why, having a kumquat tree inside your home is a wish for wealth and good luck. The tree is usually decorated with red envelopes that contain money.

5. Cherry Blossom Tree

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Cherry blossom tree during New Year symbolizes courage, hope, beauty, purity and prosperity. They cherry blossom tree is often filled with hanging red envelopes as a decoration.

Which of these decorations do you usually have in your home? Anything new that you didn't know before?