As Chinese New Year draws closer, you’ll find plenty of modern and traditional festive decorations popping up as part of the grand mall displays and homes of those celebrating this joyous occasion. Apart from the usual wall decor, Mandarin oranges and red lanterns, you might want to look into Chinese New Year ‘lucky plants’ to give make your year ahead extra auspicious.
Don’t know where to start? Here’s our quick guide on which plants or flowers you should get for a boost in fortune. They also make for very pretty home decor.
#1 Lucky bamboo
The ever popular bamboo plant is commonly used for feng shui purposes and its name Kai Yun Zhu translates to ‘bamboo that welcomes good fortune’. It is believed that the lucky bamboo brings prosperity, fortune and joy to the household. (Image by Nostaw21/Flickr)
#2 Golden money plant
With a name like that, who doesn’t want it in their home? Well, the reason its called the Golden Money plant is because its leaves resembles the old Chinese gold ingots and it is said to bring good fortune to any home. (Image by Francis Chung/Flickr)
#3 Pussy Willow or Yin Lou
Decorating your house during Chinese New Year with this plant signifies abundant luck and prosperity because the word ‘Yin’ sounds similar to the words ‘silver’ and ‘money’. It’s often decorated with gold and red ornaments, both considered lucky colours in the Chinese tradition.
#4 Peach blossom or Taohua
In Chinese, the peach ‘tao’ symbolises longevity, prosperity and growth. Another reason to associate this plant with luck is due to a popular Chinese saying ‘tao hong yun gen hong’ which translates to the fuller your blossom, the better your luck in the coming year.
Also called the Flower of Riches and Honor by the Chinese, these gorgeous blooms are a symbol of feminine beauty, love and affection. They come in an array of shades including white, pink and red. During Chinese New Year, red peonies are often used as decorations to symbolise wishes for luck and fortune.
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