Decorating in preparation for the Chinese New Year is a very important part of the holiday, not only to add color, but holiday atmosphere as well. The decorations are not just to make everything look nice and pretty, each one has a special meaning.
These images below show how the people of Hong Kong decorate for the New Year.
This golden orange tree with a red envelope means more wealth and for the business to be prosperous. (Image: Monica Song)
The pink peach tree symbolizes love and romance. Here there is a pink flower peach tree with red posters on both sides. One side it says: more children and great business for the family. The other side says: may the coming of spring bring good luck and fortune. (Image: Monica Song)
Most people put a flower pot in front of their building or restaurant. This makes visitors feel more welcome with the beauty and nice fragrance from them. (Image: Monica Song)
The big Chinese symbol means “good luck,” and it is surrounded by big and small fish. The pronunciation for fish in Chinese is “Yu,” which means surplus. Here it means more profit and surplus in everything. (Image: Monica Song)
This is not pink, but red peach trees in golden pots. These are in front of a commercial building, which makes the office very spectacular for the staff working there. (Image: Monica Song)
This is a pot with golden money that is in the shape of ancient money. Ancient Chinese money is not paper currency, but like a golden ingot. This decoration is in front of the HK Bank. (Image: Monica Song)
(Image: Monica Song)
These decorations are in the reception of a restaurant, where they have put out their most popular New Year’s cakes. These rice cakes are high-quality, showing that the restaurant is very profitable. The rice cakes are ones that can be steamed or deep fried and are a very delicious food for the holidays. (Image: Monica Song)
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