Previous article, we discussed on Lost art of Feng Shui painting. In this article, we will be sharing 8 popular & commonly seen Lunar New Year Plants & their meaning.
Kumquat Plant (四季桔)
Kumquat is one of the most popular plants purchased during festive period. They can be found in one’s house, HDB corridor or at main office door. Often purchased in pairs as even number begets auspicious meaning of lucky. Another common decoration will be putting empty red packets (Ang Bao) onto the tree to signify full of wealth.
Meaning of Kumquat is to attract luck and wealth to the owner. This is derived from the word Kumquat (金吉) which mean golden luck literally.
Pussy Willow (银柳)
Pussy Willow is another household plants commonly seen when house visiting. Their lifespan is around 2-3 weeks which coincides with Chinese New Year 2 weeks period. Only downside is to change the water to prevent mosquitoes breeding.
It is placed in house to signify full of prosperity in a house. The Chinese
words of Pussy Willow (银柳) rhythms with the Chinese silver tael (银两); ancient money. Due to the flower is close to white, decoration such as red packets and gold ornaments are used to symbolise happiness and good luck.
Lucky Bamboo (富贵竹)
Lucky Bamboo, widely sold and popular among those striving for better career or study.
It symbolize good luck and progress due to its stem sections. Due to its nature of growing one stem at a time. It symbolize progressing higher in ones’ career or improving better in ones’ study.
Often, this is placed in office table, study room or living room.
Pineapple Flower (凤梨花)
Pineapple flower, well-known for the red flower trademark. Popular among those who are causal or habitual gamblers and likes plants.
Meaning of this flower is to bring great luck (鸿运当头) which is often associated with lottery or gambling. It also mean bringing in constant good luck for the family (兴旺常来).
Orchids, a Singapore national flower symbol, is another popular choice. Moth orchid (蝴蝶兰), also known as Queen of Orchids, are commonly seen in Changi airport and other tourist attraction.
Due to its purple appearance, it is associated with nobility and prosperity. In Feng Shui context, it is often used to attract wealth and avert disaster. Furthermore, due to its nature of thriving in tough environment, it is a popular choice among time-poor people.
Chinese in Plumosa literally mean Phoenix Tail due to its resemble to the mythical & auspicious creature.
When it blooms, it often signify good luck and good fortune is arriving. It also mean the entire family fortune is becoming better than before. It also symbolize safety and progression for the family.
Marigold is one of the top 10 pick due to its vibrant color and longevity meaning. The Chinese name literally translate into “10,000 years lifespan chrysanthemum”.
Often placed in one’s home where elderly reside to give them the blessing of longevity.
A side note on Marigold meaning, this greatly depends on ones’ perspective based on the culture and country.
In Chinese, this begets longevity blessing. In Mexico, Marigold represents death as the scent is used to lure the spirits.
Japan wise, Chrysanthemum is seen as a national flower which symbolize longevity and rejuvenation. Only white Chrysanthemum in Japan is used in funeral.
Technically speaking, Marigold and Chrysanthemum do not belong to the same gene family though the Marigold chinese name implies “Chrysanthemum”.
Dancing-Doll Orchids (文心兰)
Last on the list belongs to moth orchids family. Distinct difference lies in their mini petals version. Due to its lightweight petals, it is often seen dancing which gives a nice feel when the wind blows.
It symbolizes prosperity and smooth-sailing for the family. In flower language, it mean having a happy and worry-free life.
Hopefully, this article shared give you a good understanding when you are purchasing new plants for your house this coming Lunar New Year.
We hereby wishes all our readers a prosperity and happy lunar new year!Feng Shui In Da House Team
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