If you’re planning to add some joyful colour to your home this coming Lunar New Year, you might want to consider the following flowers which are believed to bring luck, love and health in Chinese culture.
Some of these blooms are rare and hard to get while others are quite common, so find the right ones to match your home and decor, as well as your budget.
A favourite during the festive period and seen in almost every Chinese family home, pussy willows signal the arrival of spring and symbolise Growth and Prosperity. The Chinese believe the longer the stalks of these white fluffy buds, the better luck they bring. Kept well, pussy willows can last for months long after CNY is over.
With the approach of Lunar New Year, our nurseries are suddenly filled with trees and stalks of gorgeous pink cherry blossoms – one might be mistaken to think that we were in Japan or China during spring! Known as the bloom that heralds the advent of spring (a joyous occasion in any country), the cherry blossom is also believed to represent Renewal, Power, Love and Strength in Chinese culture.
Delicate and pretty like the cherry blossoms, peach blossoms have shorter stems and fewer blooms per stalk. For the Chinese they represent Romance, Vitality, Prosperity and Growth – so have a few stalks or a small tree in your home this festive season!