Chinese New Year traditions incorporate elements that are symbolic of deeper meaning. One common example of Chinese New Year symbolism is the red diamond-shaped Fu (福) character, which are displayed on the entrances of Chinese homes. This sign is usually seen hanging upside down. It symbolizes the arrival of luck, happiness, and prosperity.
The character Fú (福) meaning “good fortune” or “happiness” is represented both as a Chinese ideograph, but also at times, pictorially, in one of its homophonous forms, most popularly as a bat, but also sometimes as the cereal bran. A lot of other auspicious characters and patterns are added to express good wishes, too.
Red is the predominant color used in New Year celebrations. Red is the emblem of joy, and this color also symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity. On the Chinese opera stage, a painted red face usually denotes a sacred or loyal personage and sometimes a great emperor. Candies, cakes, decorations and many things associated with the New Year and its ceremonies are colored red.
In the ancient time, this character and the couplets were written by hand, but now, people can buy printed ones in shopping malls or supermarkets. Some shops even present these printed works to customers if customers purchase in their shops.
In 2018, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Friday, February 16, 2018.
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