The Ultimate Guide for How to Get Your Home Chinese New Year Ready
Chinese always greet their friends and loved ones with auspicious greetings to bless each other to a positive start to the Lunar New Year. So, when it comes to Chinese New Year decoration, Chinese would intentionally add auspicious elements into their decoration theme.
甜甜蜜蜜 (Tian Tian Mi Mi)
Meaning: May your life be sweet
Tray of togetherness – a tray filled with 8 types of snacks, nuts and sweets can be placed in the tray.
Chinese always serve their guests with sweets and snacks during the Chinese New Year period, wishing their guests sweet and harmonious life in the coming new year.
Serving the treats on auspicious-themed plates and trays not only help with food presentation, they also serve as great conversation starters.
大吉大利 (Da Ji Da Li)
Meaning: Wishes of good luck and smooth dealings
吉 is often used in Chinese New Year greeting as it symbolizes good luck and auspiciousness. Because oranges (橘 JV ) sound like (吉 Ji), Chinese regard oranges as an auspicious fruit especially during Chinese New Year. The fruits are often given as gifts when greeting family and friends during the festive season.
Using the oranges to decorate your home is believed to bring in good luck and big money; their round shape and gold colour are said to signify prosperity and bring the recipient good fortune throughout the year.
They might be presented still growing on a small tree, which can then be used to decorate the home, or given as part of a fruit basket and intended for eating over the festive period, usually at the end of the meal.
花开富贵 Hua Kai Fu Gui
Meaning: Blooming plant brings prosperity and happiness
Chinese New Year is a celebration marking the end of the winter season and the beginning of spring. This is why decorating blooming flowers (花 hua) carries special significance. They represent the earth coming back to life and wishing for prosperous new beginnings.
A bouquet or potted orchid is one of the most common gifts among family and friends during the Chinese New Year season. It is considered to be a symbol of abundance. It also represents fertility and abundance, beauty, prosperity, and luxury.
鸿运当头 (Hong Yun Dang Tou)
Meaning: Good luck is approaching
The color red (红 hong) is much loved by the Chinese in general as it represents luck, joy, and happiness. It also represents celebration, vitality, and fertility in traditional Chinese color symbolism.
Because of the auspicious meaning of red, red is the color not to be missed for Chinese New Year decoration. When you walk into any shopping malls or the Chinatown during this festive season, it’s not surprising if you are greeted by a sea of red lanterns, red Chinese knots, red auspicious greetings, etc.
To inject some modernity into your home try using clean lines such as furniture pieces in order to create an elegant yet sophisticated environment. Innovative minds find new ways every day not only when designing but also how we interact with our environment.
Have a Prosperous Chinese New Year
May the New Year turn out to be a very special one for you and your family. Filling each day with a peak of health, an abundance of happiness, bountiful prosperity and Zen-like serenity…