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Discover the significance behind Spring Festival's blooms

2021-February-10       Source: Newsgd.com

People usually buy flowers and bring them home before Spring Festival with a wish for good luck and a promising future in the coming year.

Buying Chinese New Year Flowers is a unique traditional custom in Guangdong. People usually buy flowers and bring them home before Spring Festival with a wish for good luck and a promising future in the coming year. Flowers are in various types of bloom and each has its own significance. Which one is more auspicious? Here are some tips for you.

 (Photo: Xiao Xiong)

Kumquat (pinyin: jīn jú): Fortune and Wealth

Kumquats are small citrus fruits like small tangerines. Chinese characters for "kumquat" are two syllables— "jīn" and "jú". "Jú" has a similar pronunciation to "jí" which means good luck, while "jīn" is translated into gold, which means wealth. The kumquat tree is auspicious either as an in-house decor or as kumquat fruits in a fruit gift basket on New Year’s visits, but make sure to choose the one laden with juicy fruits and fresh leaves.

(Photo: Wu Weihong) 

Butterfly Orchid (pinyin: hú dié lán): Family Happiness and Well-being

Known as "the Queen of Flowers", the butterfly orchid usually blossoms around Chinese New Year. The flower's butterfly shape gives the plant its name with the associative meaning of family happiness and well-being. To have one at home during the festival will joyfully light the house.

(Photo: Liu Dawei/Xinhua)

Gladiolus (pinyin: jiàn lán): Rise in Career

The sword-like leaves of gladioli [plural] are regarded as a protection against evil spirits by the ancient Chinese. As the gladiolus bouquet blooms from base to top, it conveys the message of a successful promotion in career through efforts. In addition, the gladiolus has a symbolic meaning of longevity and prosperity, so it is the best gift for senior people.

(Photo: Liu Ying/Xinhua)

Pussy Willow (pinyin: yín liǔ): Fortune and Wealth

With silver shiny leaf-buds, the pussy willow grows straight upwards along its branches. In Mandarin Chinese, "willow" sounds close to the homophone "liú", which means stay, referring to good luck as well as guests staying in the home.

(Photo: Wu Weihong)

Peach Blossoms (pinyin: táo huā): Blossoming and Prosperity

Peach blossoms in a vase are a traditional Spring Festival custom of the Cantonese, immortalized in the Chinese poem which reads, "a peach tree full of blossoms fills the courtyard with spring". In Cantonese, "hóng táo" (peach blossoms) is pronounced similar to "hóng tú", which means a future full of prospects. Peach blossoms hold various connotations for different groups of people—blossoming and prosperity for businessmen, blessings and auspiciousness for families, and romantic love for youngsters.


(Photo: Lu Li)

Chrysanthemum (pinyin: jú huā): Longevity

The chrysanthemum symbolically prolongs life and grows fortune and are agreeable inside the room but be careful of exposure to sunlight and insect pests. Stretched petals with vibrant green branches and leaves are preferred when you buy chrysanthemums.


(Photo: Zeng Qiang)

Narcissus (pinyin: shuǐ xiān): Auspiciousness

Known as "a sacred lily fairy growing in water ripples", the fragrant and elegant narcissus is usually, the perfect ornamental household plant on the first day of the lunar new year It celebrates an auspicious year as well as fortune and wealth.


(Photo: Lu Li)

Lucky Bamboo (pinyin: fù guì zhú): Good Fortune

Lucky bamboo, as its name suggests, implies good fortune. Its stalk has bamboo shaped joints, - but it is not a real bamboo. As is felicitous in Chinese culture, "full bloom brings riches and honor, bamboo sends the message of peace as its slips are a traditional medium used to write a letter for the family". People usually buy lucky bamboo to pray for a safe and sound life. In addition, this plant is less bugged by insect pests, and easy to care for.

(Photo: Li Xihua)

Anthurium Andraeanum (pinyin: hóng zhǎng): Tons of Luck Knocks

Hardy and peculiar in shape with an impressively ruddy color and a long blooming period, anthurium carries the meaning of "a prospering future". As festive decor in the house, it brings delight and happiness.

(Photo: Xiao Xiong)

Clivia Miniata (pinyin: jūn zǐ lán ): Festivity and Nobleness

Riches, honor, nobleness and beauty are the words attached to clivia. Blossoming during Spring Festival, it bears more of the significance of the festival. Clivia is praised with the title "living handicraft" because it is emerald green all year round.

(Photo: Lu Li)

Indian Azalea (pinyin: dù juān): All the Best and Fulfillment

Azalea, one of the top ten traditional flowers in China, is of reputed as "Xi Shi (one of the four legendary beauties in ancient China) in flowers". It expresses a wish for a blissful, prosperous and auspicious new year.

(Photo: Ding Lei)

Chinese Flowering Crabapple (pinyin: hǎi táng): Affluence and Nobleness

Flowering crabapples have nice figures and gorgeous blossoms like brocades. Entitled "flower immortals" and "royal concubine of flowers" since ancient times, it has embodied affluence and nobleness, which is very popular among the Cantonese during the Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival.

 (Photo: Xiao Xiong)

Lily (pinyin: bǎi hé): Everything Goes Well as You Wish

In Chinese culture, the lily to new couples is symbolic of "a harmonious union lasting one hundred years". During Spring Festival, a layered meaning of "everything goes as well as you wish" gives good wishes for a happy family and marriage.

(Photo: Wu Weihong)

Tulip (pinyin: yù jīn xiāng): Elegance and Mystery

The tulip is a flower with an elegant and mysterious aura. Its blooms have striking colors and vary luxuriantly. Tulips of different colors have different flower languages. Yellow stands for elegance, preciousness, wealth, love and friendship; pink for love, affection, friendship and happiness; red for joy and passion, and purple for noble and eternal love.

(Photo: Wang Yongji)

Torch Lily (pinyin: huǒ jù huā): Wealth and Happiness

The red-hot poker features in the red "head" of this lily are like a torch. It brings along a never-fadeing flame of luck into the coming new year.

(Photo: Zhou You)

Solanum Mammosum Fruit (pinyin: huáng jīn guǒ): Five Generations under One Roof

This plant with many golden-yellow fruits is also called "Five Generations Living Under One Roof" in China. It denotes gold wealth, good fortune, longevity and family unity and prosperity, making it the first choice of potted plants during Chinese New Year. A natural and harmonious festival atmosphere will be created when pots of the golden fruit are placed in a bright dining room, on a coffee table or in front of a living room mirror.

Find your favorite flowers at the nearest flower fair!

Co-presented by GDToday and GDUFS Chinese Cultural Story Exchange Group

Editor: Monica Liu

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