Today is one of the happiest days for Chinese people! It’s Chinese New Year, one of the largest, most important holidays of the year! To celebrate this special occasion, homes are often decorated with assorted plants and flowers. In Chinese, there’s a saying “Hua Kai Fu Gui,” meaning “when flowers bloom, prosperity comes.” In the Chinese culture, plants have always been an important symbol in the home, symbolizing re-birth, growth and prosperity.
It is considered bad luck to keep dead houseplants in the home. Dead houseplants and flowers should be replaced with fresh, lively green plants.
Celebrate the new year with these auspicious flowers and plants:
Red, which symbolizes happiness, is a prominent colour during Chinese New Year. As such, red azaleas are perfect for Chinese New Year. In Chinese, azaleas are called “ying shan hung,” meaning “a glowing mountain of red.” These blooming red beauties will add colour and brighten up your home. Azaleas symbolizes happiness, harmony and balance.
Gold is another dominant colour during the holidays. The colour symbolizes wealth and prosperity. During Chinese New Year golden yellow or orange coloured chrysanthemums are often brought home. These bright, vibrant flowers symbolize great joy, happiness and longevity. You can buy potted chrysanthemums here.
As the narcissus typically blooms around the same time as Chinese New Year, many people fill their homes with these bright, sweetly scented flowers. In fact, it is one of the most important and auspicious flowers of CNY. Yellow and gold blooms symbolize gold, silver and wealth. If the flowers bloom on Chinese New Year, it is said to bring extra good luck and fortune throughout the year.
This exotic beauty can be found throughout Chinese art and culture. Orchids are particularly popular during Chinese New Year, symbolizing beauty, wealth and luck. They are often given as gifts to family and friends during the holiday season. You can buy this beautiful arrangement here.
In Chinese, the kalanchoe is known as “wan zi qian hong” or “thousands and millions of red and purple,” referring to the clusters of tiny, star-shaped flowers. These flowering succulents are popular with Chinese households because they are easy to grow and care for. Kalanchoes come in a variety of colours, but of course red is the most popular choice during CNY. They are said to bring wealth and prosperity.
The peony is another flower that has significance in the Chinese culture. In Chinese, it is called the “Flower of Riches and Honour.” Peonies represent wealth, prosperity and honour. Red peonies is particularly auspicious, bringing luck and good fortune.
May these auspicious, lucky plants bring you love, happiness, good luck and fortune in the new year. Happy New Year!
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