Lunar New Year

Gung Hei Faat Choi

It means “Happy New Year. I hope you will make a fortune.” in Cantonese.

Today is Lunar New Year in Hong Kong. Almost all shops are closed and the big city is very quiet. I feel the hustle and bustle of the usual situation seems unreal.

Although we can see red new year’s decorations everywhere, do you know why its color is red? It seems it’s concerned with Feng shui.

Feng shui is a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing everyone with the surrounding environment. (by Wikipedia)

In Feng shui, red is a symbol of life force and it’s said it raises business fortune, health fortune, and get-tough. Because of this, red is liked as a lucky color and is used for new year’s decorations. That explains why I saw many people today who wore red clothes.

Talking of new year’s decorations in Hong Kong, there is one more thing which is interesting. It’s a potted plant of mandarin orange. It’s also decorated as a new year’s decoration.

Why mandarin orange?? Because people compare mandarin orange to gold and they regard it as a lucky charm.

It’s really interesting to know Chinese culture through the Lunar New Year.

I hope everyone has a wonderful year!

 

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