Celebrating the Lunar New Year with Flowers

Lunar new year with flowers

Celebrating the Lunar New Year with flowers is an important part of the Lunar New Year festivities. This is because the Chinese believe flower blossoms will bring fortune. 

Having grown up in a family with Chinese heritage, celebrating the Lunar New Year meant that every year there was always lots to do in the days leading up to the New Year.

This included cleaning the house, shopping for new clothes, baking cookies, getting red packets ready, decorating the house with flowers and decorations, and planning for the reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve.

Chinese New Year shopping
Chinese New Year red packets

And then there were the traditions and customs to follow to bring good luck and wealth into the new year.

As an example, many Chinese like to decorate their houses with festive decor such as door couplets, Chinese knots and New Year pictures. These decorations are mainly in red and are expressions of good wishes for the future.

Lunar New Year Red Packets and Chinese Knots

In addition, celebrating the Lunar Near Year with flowers especially with certain flowers is important. Some flowers are particularly popular due to their good symbolism.

For example we have:

Peonies for prosperity;
Peach blossoms for luck in romance;
Daffodils for a new beginning;
Chrysanthemums for longevity;
Gladiolus for strength and career advancement;

to name a few.

Lunar New Year flowers gladiolus

Unfortunately most of these flowers such as peonies and peach blossoms are not in season in Australia when it’s time to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

If you do see them at the local flower markets, they will be imported ones and pricey.

So a good option would be to make the Chinese New Year flower arrangement with pink or red flowers.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year with flowers

For my Lunar New Year flower arrangement, I’ve chosen to use the auspicious red colour as the key design element.

Flowers included in this arrangement are alstroemeria, chrysanthemums, tiger lilies and gladioli.

Celebrating Lunar New Year with Flowers

Below is a different style of Chinese New Year flower arrangement, one which is inspired by the ikebana floral style.

Ikebana is the art of Japanese style flower arranging. Read my post here to learn how it is different to the Western style of arranging flowers.

Lunar New Year ikebana flowers

Here’s wishing everyone who celebrate the Lunar New Year a very prosperous and healthy year ahead!

If you are interested in how ikebana flower arrangements capture the essence of the seasons and special occasions, check out my other post on “Ikebana Celebrates Seasons“.

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As a qualified floral designer specialising in Japanese ikebana and modern elegant styles, I offer custom arrangements and classes for individuals looking to decorate their wedding, event and space with flowers.

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