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The Beautiful Plants and Flowers Used During the Chinese New Year Holidays

    Red packets are used as ornaments on the cat-tail willow tree during the festive season. (Image: Monica Song)This is  the pink peach tree with festive ornaments on it. It is common to see peach blossom trees in shopping malls. (Image: Monica Song)Orchid flower is a popular choice of decorative items. (Image: Monica Song)The gold orange plant or also known as the mandarin plant is a symbol of fortune and prosperity. It is a belief that the bigger the plant is, the more fortune it will bring in. (Image: Monica Song)

    Plants and flowers are frequently used by the Chinese to celebrate the holidays. Below are some of the most popular plants and flowers and what they symbolize.

    Lucky bamboo — symbol of safety and peace

    Lucky bamboo looks like bamboo but it isn’t real. The name is given because of its beautiful shape, and it’s easy to take care of. It symbolizes safety and peace.

    Peach blossoms — symbol of spring and romantic love

    Peach blossoms are the color of spring; their symbolism of romantic love makes them a top choice during the holidays. They are mainly kept in people’s living room or in the lobby of buildings.

    Gold-orange – symbol of fortune

    Because the character for “gold” is a part of the Chinese name “gold-orange,” it symbolizes wealth, and is often a popular gift during the Chinese New Year’s Festival. When choosing a plant, make sure the plant is fully covered in fruits to carry out the blessing in full.

    Cat-tail willow – symbol of prosperity

    The cat-tail willow symbolizes improvements and breakthroughs because of the joints on its stems. It is frequently arranged in a large pot in a lobby paired with peach blossoms, which together make a beautiful match.

    Chrysanthemum – symbol of blessings

    Chrysanthemums blossom for quite a long time compared to other flowers, that is why they symbolize a long life filled with blessings.

    Daffodil – symbol of good luck

    Because the flower’s fragrance spreads far and wide, daffodils are frequently dedicated to the Gods. They are thought to fight off evil spirits, and bring good luck.

    Pine trees – symbol of strong will

    Pine trees can survive the cold weather, that is why they symbolize a character of strong will and forbearance.

    Orchids – building up good interpersonal relationships and brings power

    Orchids are usually given when someone is promoted to a higher position because they symbolize good interpersonal relationships and higher power.

    Tulip – symbol of nobleness

    In the early days tulips were planted specifically for the emperor’s family because they have the aura of mystery and nobleness.

    Plum blossoms – symbol of forbearance

    Although plum blossoms are small, they spread a fragrance which is uniquely pure. Plum blossom trees often blossom in the snow, making them a symbol of forbearance.

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