The Chinese New Year is the most significant festival in China. The people in China spend a week on an official public holiday. The holiday is meant to bring people together and spend more time with the family. The Chinese New Year's date is determined by the lunar calendar and each year it falls on different dates. Next year the Chinese New Year Eve will be on February 1st, 2022. The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival or Lunar New Year.
How is the Chinese New Year celebrated?
The Chinese celebrate their New Year by putting up decorations, families coming together to share a meal on New Year's Eve, fireworks, giving red envelopes and gifts. Other Asian countries like Japan, South Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan also celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The Chinese New Year and the flowers?
On the Chinese New Year, people celebrate the coming of spring or the renewal of life. As one of the quintessence of the spring, flowers play an important role in the celebrations of the Spring Festival. Families fill their homes with Chinese New Year flowers and fruits for wealth and good fortune. For sure the Chinese New Year celebration can’t do without flowers.
In the following lines we list the 5 of the most popular flowers used for the celebration of the Lunar New Year.
We can easily say that the most popular Chinese New Year’s flower is the orchid. The orchid is considered as one of the four pivotal flowers in Chinese culture, along with bamboo, plum blossom, and chrysanthemum. This delicate God’s creation symbolises fertility and purity. That makes it the perfect gift for a young family. In the flower shop, you will find a variety of orchids in terms of colours and types. But every one of them will get the job done.
Peonies are considered a national symbol of China and symbolises wealth and prosperity. They are also associated with women’s beauty and charm. You can find peony designs on the red envelopes containing money as a gift for the Chinese New Year. Why not give fresh peonies with the red envelopes for the special eve?
The yellow variety of the Chrysanthemums is another flower representing wealth and prosperity. These flowers are commonly given to older members of the family as they symbolise longevity. Chrysanthemum is another one of the “four gentlemen” in Chinese culture, along with orchids, bamboo, and plum blossoms. The white ones are less used for decoration during the holiday as it means grief and loss.
Narcissus is known as a sacred flower in Chinese culture. As the rest of the listed flowers, it also represents prosperity and wealth. People widely use it in the decorations of their homes for the Chinese New Year because it has an amazing fragrance. These flowers are easy to take care of and grow fast. So they will be in full bloom if you get them a couple of days before New Year's Eve.
- Sword Lily
The Sword Lily or gladiolus is another flower that can be found among the decorations for the Chinese New Year. It has many blossoms on a single branch which makes it perfect for decorating. It symbolises a rise in career and personal life. That makes it appropriate for wishing good luck to someone starting a new job.
Other lucky plants for Chinese New Year
- Peach blossoms
In Chinese culture, the peach is a symbol of vitality while peach blossoms are believed to drive evil spirits away from the home.
- Pussy willow
Pussy willows are the harbinger of spring and are highly associated with growth and wealth in Chinese culture. A bundle of pussy willows is a perfect gift for those looking for a long-lasting house plant because it can last for months.
- Lucky bamboo
Lucky bamboo is not that bamboo which pandas love eating. It is actually not bamboo at all. As the name suggests, the plant brings luck to the home. It's Interesting to note that its meaning depends on the number of stalks you place. For example, two stalks mean love while three stalks refer to happiness and rise in career.