chinese new year symbols
Lunar New Year is concern to many customs and symbols. Each of these Chinese New year symbols has its own meaning and importance. Every Chinese New Year symbol has a profound meaning in it. So let's learn penetrate deeply about these Chinese New Year symbols and bring prosperity and happiness in our lives in a Chinese new year！
Chinese new year symbols
Chinese new year calendar is also called Chinese lunar calendar, it bases on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different way than the Western solar calendar.Chinese New Year symbols often shows the dates of both the Chinese Lunar Calendar and the
Gregorian calendar. the Chinese dates are printed in Chinese numerals, The Gregorian dates are printed in Arabic numerals.there are many chinese new year symbols, below are some significant and conventional.
1. Chinese New Year symbols:Spring Couplets
Spring Couplets can is a very old symbol, it can trace back to Ming dynasty. it is said that Ming Taizu( first emperor of Ming dynasty once a peasant and Buddhist monk）. Spring couplets are traditionally written with black ink on red paper using writing brush,but now also uses print machine.They are hung in storefronts in the month before the Chinese New Year's Day, and often stay up for two months or even longer, in residence Spring Couplets will not take off until the next year when the hung the new ones.They express best wishes and fortune for the coming year. There is a great variety in the writing of these poetic couplets to fit the situation. A store would generally use couplets hat make references to their line of trade. Couplets that say "Happy New Year" and “Continuing Advancement in Education” are appropriate for a school.
The Chinese character "福" (The word “FOOK, good luck;), and "财"(Fortune) are usually pasted on the wall or door in many homes and stores. They are usually written by writing brush on a Red Paper. This is supposed to be a lucky Chinese New Year symbol. You can also think Lucky Character is a another kind of Spring Couplets.
3. Chinese New Year symbols:Lai-See Envelopes
Lai-See Envelopes is also called Hong-Bao. It likes a red envelope. Money is usually placed in these envelopes and given to children and young adults at Chinese New Year's time( junior can also give Lai-See Envelopes to eldership, it means respect), you can take it as the Christmas presents of Chinese people in Chinese New Year. If you are not married, you do not have the necessary to give Lai-See Envelopes to others, but if you like, take it easy!This is also a very important Chinese New Year Symbol especially to the children, it a very important way and a good chance to get pocket money for the the coming year.
If you want to know why chinese people give Lai-See Envelopes instead of money, i can simply
tell you that it just meet the character of chinese people ,Society and culture.
4. Chinese New Year symbols:Flowers
Beautiful flowers can make people merry. Flowers are an important part of the Chinese New Year decorations.. The three flowers most associated with the Chinese New Year are the Bamboo, plum blossom and the water narcissus. Flowers constitute an important symbol for the Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year symbols:Bamboo
A very famous ancient Chinese poet Su Shi once said:" I prefer eating without meat rather than living without Bamboo. In chinese,Bamboo also reported safe.Chinese children like to buy many firecrackers before the Spring Festival and Burn it during the spring festival. Firecrackers in chinese mean a kind of Bamboo that can explode, people squibbing firecrackers to convey moral of safe to the people far away or around
Chinese New Year symbols:Water Narcissus
Water Narcissus in chinese mean the fairy in the water or fairy of flowers！This Chinese New Year symbol signifies good luck and fortune. Flower that blossom at New Year's time. If the white flowers blossom exactly on the day of the New Year, it is believed to indicate good fortune for the coming year！
Chinese New Year symbols:Plum Blossoms
Plum Blossoms symbolized a scholar in retirement and were one of the four noble plants, along with chrysanthemum, bamboo, and orchid.. Plum Blossoms is the gentleman among flowers! It has high-minded character, blossom along despite of the piercing cold. This Chinese New Year symbol stands for courage and hope. The blossoms burst forth at the end of winter on a seemingly lifeless branch. In Chinese art, plum blossoms are associated with the entire season of winter and not just the New Year.
5. Chinese New Year symbols: food and fruit
Chinese New Year symbols: Tray of Togetherness
Many families keep a tray full of dried fruits, sweets, and candies to welcome guests and relatives who drop by. This tray is called a chuen-hop, or "tray of togetherness". This Chinese New Year symbol was traditionally made up of eight compartments, each of which was filled with a special food item of significance to the New Year season.
Throughout the Chinese New Year season, it is customary to offer guests an assortment of treats from a Tray of Togetherness (chuen-hop) – a circular or octagonal shaped tray filled with an assortment of symbolic foods to provide a sweet beginning to the New Year. While it is possible to find togetherness trays made of expensive wood such as teak, inexpensive versions made of plastic (like the one in the photo) are readily available in Asian grocery stores throughout the New Year season. The tray has eight compartments, as the Chinese consider the number eight to be extremely lucky.
The tray in the photo contains a variety of sugared fruit and vegetables, including winter melon, coconut, lotus seed, lotus root, water chestnut, carrot and tangerine.
Chinese New Year symbols: Tangerines, Oranges, Pomelos
Tangerines and oranges are frequently displayed in homes and stores. In the gate. Tangerines and oranges are both symbolic of luck. These Chinese New Year symbols have developed through a language pun, the word for tangerine having the same sound as "luck" in Chinese, and the word for orange having the same sound as "wealth". Pomelos are large pear-shaped grapefruits, it symbol bless and reunion
6. Chinese New Year symbols: Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Zodiac is very people in China, and12 Chinese New Year Animals are corresponding with twelve constellation. The rotating cycle of twelve animal signs was a folk method for naming the years in traditional China. The animal signs for one another in an established order, and are repeated every twelve years. 1988 was the Year of the Dragon, 1989 was the year of the Snake. 2007 in the Chinese New Year was the year of the pig, 2009 was the year of OX, and Chinese New Year 2010 is the year of Tiger.