Published 10 months ago
This Chinese New Year marks the year of the tiger ending and the year of the rabbit beginning.
In Chinese culture, the rabbit symbolises longevity, peace, and prosperity. Therefore, 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.
Here are 5 auspicious items that you should have in your home to usher in more prosperity this Chinese New Year!
1. Mandarin Oranges
Symbolism plays a huge role in Chinese culture, especially words that rhyme with another item!
Mandarin Oranges, pronounced kam in Chinese, sound like ‘gold’ in Cantonese. That’s why you’ll often find bowls of this vibrant fruit placed around a Chinese household during this festive season.
2. Flowering plants
In Chinese culture, blooming plants symbolise rebirth, while blooming flowers symbolise wealth.
Beautiful flowering plants in your home during Chinese New Year augurs a year of prosperity. Whether it’s fresh flowers or artificial ones doesn’t matter, as remember, it’s all about the symbolism!
3. Chinese couplets
Chinese couplets, or dui lian, are a pair of Chinese poetry written in black or red ink in traditional Chinese calligraphy.
When hung on the wall as a pair, these beautiful characters invite prosperity, good health, and more into your home.
4. New clothes
Wearing new clothes during Chinese New Year (especially on the first day!) symbolises one’s thriving wealth status, as they can afford brand new outfits for the year.
It also symbolises refreshing your image and warding off bad luck. Of course, red is the colour of auspiciousness and should definitely make its way into your wardrobe!
5. Upside down Fu characters
If you’ve ever seen the Chinese character fu upside down pasted on doors, it’s not a mistake. It’s actually intentional!
Fu means good fortune, and hanging the character upside down symbolises pouring the good fortune onto oneself.
This is because the right side of this character was originally a pictogram of a jar, hence upturning the ‘jar’ pours out good fortune.
Pay Huatever You Want
This Chinese New Year with BigPay, the weekly Top 8 Spenders from 9 January - 7 February will win 8,888 airasia points and enjoy 8% cashback on all transactions and bills!
So hurry up and shop now to reign in prosperity and win BIG.
I’m Sabrina, a versatile writer with 7+ years of experience and I’ve been published by household names such as Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Mindvalley, and Cosme Japan.