Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Festive Plants For Lunar New Year - WW
To our older generation of Chinese, it is a custom to display live, healthy plants in our home during the first fifteen days of the Lunar New Year as it is a symbol of happiness, wealth and abundance. They believe flowers bloom when there’s prosperity. :)
Every Chinese New Year, we take pains to adorn our homes with colourful plants to bring good fortune and joy to the family.
Below are some of the auspicious plants for Lunar New Year.
Easy to maintain and grows well, the Zamioculcas Zamiifolia (金钱树) or money plant is my favourite. It is also know as the 'gold coin plant'.
Our Lucky Bamboo (Dracaena Sanderiana) was imported from China. Some of them are twisted and bent into auspicious shapes. It is said to bring prosperity, good fortune and happiness.
I have always wanted the beautiful Plum blossoms (Prunus mume 梅花) but it is too costly. A girlfriend advised me against buying it as her Fengshui master believes men would have better relationships with girls if we display plum blossoms at home. LOL
I love the Pussy willows' white, silvery buds and I love decorating them with red ribbons and Chinese New Year ornaments.
The young children in our house love to play with the bright, golden yellow Nipple fruits (Solanum Mammosum) which has 5 protrusions at the bottom that look like nipples. hahaha....
With abundant fruits looking like gold nuggets, kumquats (金吉) are a must for my in-laws. We usually buy a pair to place at doorways to usher in good luck and wealth for the coming year.
We would also have the bright Celosia Argentea (凤尾) placed outside the house. They symbolize harmony and good fortune.
Buddha's Hand lime is both spiritual and auspicious to many Buddhists. It is not easy to find this decorative plant in Singapore.
We would buy more plants for Lunar New Year and they would cost us a lot due to the high prices charged during this festive season. Although it is exhausting shopping for auspicious goodies for the Chinese New Year celebrations, we enjoy doing it as we can keep our customs and traditions alive for our next generations.