The biggest and most popular holiday of the year in China and for the Chinese communities all over the world is New Year. According to the lunar calendar it falls on January or February, when it’s the end of the cold winter. That is why the New Year is also called the Feast of Spring. There are traditional Chinese New Year decorations which people use at home, indoor and outdoor, so that to invite the festive mood and good fortune in their homes.
Chinese New Year decorations – the importance of red color
Chinese New Year decorations are traditionally in red. Red color symbolizes fire, which according to legend can drive away misfortune and is associated with good luck and happiness. People wear red clothes, write poems on red paper, craft red decorations and give “luck money” in red envelopes to the children.
Red lanterns and luck knots are a typical decoration for the Chinese New Year and you will see them everywhere. A few days before the New Year, department stores, official buildings, office buildings and streets will be decorated with red lanterns and red couplets.
Chinese New Year decorations – festive table decorations
Festive wall decorations are traditional and people like to use intricate paper patterns as home decor as well. Traditional Chinese New Year decorations include generously filled with trays of oranges and tangerines, placing them in different parts of the house. Each dish should be no more and no less than 8 fruits. The number eight is a symbol of longevity and infinite good.
Fruits and flowers are very often used as decorations and each fruit or flower has a special meaning. If this is a melon, for example, it means that the whole year will be healthy for the occupants of the home, while watermelon seeds symbolize happiness. If you decorate with lotus flowers, one would expect a new member to the family. Peony is considered as the flower of wealth and good luck and, therefore, is a favorable decoration.