Chinese New Year has a rich history behind it. This January denotes the beginning of the Year of the Rooster, defined by the Chinese zodiac cycle.

Celebrated in January or February each year, China goes on holiday, unlike the rest of the world, for seven days. 2017 will be the year of the Rooster.

The start of the lunar year are getting closer, and millions of families across the world are preparing, decorating and purchasing decorations ready for the Chinese New year. A day traditionally marked for the giving of fits and celebrations with family, as well as looking to what the sign of the Rooster means for the year ahead. Look below to read about the festivities and how flowers are a big part of their beliefs and celebrations.

When is Chinese New Year?

The Year of the Rooster will begin on January 28, 2017.

Celebrations will begin on January 27, New Year’s Eve, and typically last around two weeks, making this the longest holiday in the Chinese calendar. This year the festivities are set to end on February 2.


Parades are often held to begin the festivities for Chinese New Year (Photo: Reuters)

Aside from the elaborate red decorations, flowers and fruit can hold special significance during the festival.

Orchids — Fertility and Abundance

During Chinese New Year, there are an abundance of bouquets, pots and arrangements of Orchids available in and around flower markets and shops in a wide range of colours and varieties! Orchids are known to be delicate, beautiful and elegant flowers that symbolize fertility and abundance, or considered to be symbolic of many children in China. Orchids also signify refinement, luxury and innocence. These flowers make for valuable gifts in this season.

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Pussy Willows — Growth and Prosperity

These are the buds on the willow plant and they look beautiful, almost like silk, giving out green shoots. This flower is a sign of growth and represents the coming of prosperity.

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Narcissus or Water Fairy Flowers — Good Fortune and Prosperity

This flower is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity, and has a unique delicate appearance. One of the most auspicious flowers in Chinese New Year, they can grow in a shallow dish of water and pebbles, and they look and smell lovely.

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Plum blossoms — Endurance and Courage

These bright pink flowers symbolize perseverance and reliability — two traits essential to be successful in life. Very common around this time of the year in parks and gardens. This is one of the most important symbolic flowers for the Chinese. It represents endurance and courage. The plum, along with orchid (purity), bamboo (uprightness), and chrysanthemum (humility), constitute ‘the four nobles’.

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