We all like flowers, but for the people of Hong Kong flowers mean so much more. Especially on Chinese New Year’s Day, since giving flowers and potted plants as gifts is a very important tradition.
Every year, lots of flower markets are held in different districts in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year. One of the most popular markets is in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, which is a temporary market starting from February 2 – 8.
Just like every flower has its own special meaning, some flowers and plants are particularly favored by Hong Kongers because they are considered auspicious, and thought to bring good Fengshui.
Here are some popular plants that you will see at all flower markets. Hong Kongers usually use them to decorate their homes, offices, or even shopping malls.
Lucky bamboo is commonly used in Fengshui, and stands for a “happy home.” It’s also called Fu Gwey Zhu. Zhu means bamboo, and Fu and Gwey refer to fortune, power, and honor. If you put it in your office it will bring luck to your business!
Orchids are one of the most popular flowers at the markets because of their beauty, fragrance, and auspicious meaning for nobility and wealth.
Mandarin trees, or golden orange trees, are a symbol of prosperity and fortune. It’s quite popular to put a golden orange tree at one’s home or office, not only because it is a beautiful decoration, but also because it brings fortune.
Peach blossoms represent romance, love, good luck, and the promise of new life as they bloom in spring. They are very common at New Year flower markets.