- The Chinese character ‘Fu’ means happiness or good fortune and is often used as an expression of good wishes for the coming year. It is a custom to display the ‘Fu’ character symbol inside and outside the home. The ‘Fu’ is traditionally positioned upside down, and translates as the ‘arrival of good luck’. Originally the ‘Fu’ character was handwritten, but today people tend to buy printed copies.
- Chinese Knots are used to decorate the home during the Chinese New Year festival. The knots were originally used to string jade pendants onto clothes as a form of decorative adornment. The red Chinese knot pendants are usually given as gifts, as a blessing for good fortune and luck.
- Paper Cuts on red paper display an expression of good wishes for the future. Well meaning words, or pictures suggesting good fortune, are cut out of the red paper and are usually displayed on windows.
The traditional custom Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival that is usually divided into three periods: the preparation days preceding the festival, the festival days, and the days after the Festival Day. The 25th January 2020 marks the start of the Year of the Rat. Follow our tips to help you celebrate the Chinese New Year in authentic style:PreparationIn Chinese culture it is a tradition to thoroughly clean every corner of your home, in preparation for the coming New Year. The floor, walls and every item of furniture must be dusted and cleaned in order to drive out stagnant energy and bad luck from your home. Traditionally, once the home is spick and span you can go shopping for a new outfit to wear to the festival celebrations. Buying new things symbolises welcoming new opportunity into your life.Decorations