Tangerines and Oranges - Chinese New Year Symbols - Tangerine Recipe
Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese culture is rich with symbolism. This is especially true when it comes to Chinese New Year celebration, which is associated with many symbols and customs.
Despite the fact that some Chinese, especially the youngsters, have adapted to a more 'western' lifestyle, the old traditions and customs are still being practiced, albeit adapted to present day's environment.
Chinese New Year Symbols
Certain colors, fruits, flowers, animals, action and sounds, are examples of things that have special symbolic meaning.
Since Chinese New Year is a major festival celebrated by Chinese people, these symbols are even more significant. To make it auspicious, the Chinese will adorn their houses with these symbols.
Why are Tangerines and Oranges part of Chinese New Year Symbols?
Tangerines and oranges are one of these auspicious Chinese New Year symbols.
Tangerines in Chinese language sound similar to the word "luck" and orange sounds like the Chinese word for "wealth". Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.
The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold'; hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.
This is a very important factor for the Chinese new year celebration.
Hence, you will find tangerine and orange fruits, being displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants.
They are also served to guests as well as given as gifts to family members and friends.
Can you also display the Tangerine and Orange trees?
Besides displaying tangerine and orange fruits, displaying the potted plant is another common way to usher in the prosperity.
They are normally placed at a doorway or within the common area such as the main reception lobby of shops or offices, or within the living room.
Miniature orange trees
This potted plant usually comes in the form of a miniature orange tree.
Miniature orange trees for Chinese New Year are mainly cultivated in China. They are then exported to countries with large Chinese populations who will buy them for the Chinese New Year.
Good as a decorative item
These ornamental orange trees are very popular and prices vary according to the quality, type and tree sizes. They usually come in heights varying from 1.5 feet (0.45 meter) to 7.9 feet (2.4 meter).
They look nice and you may be tempted to eat. Don't! They are cultivated mainly as a decorative item and the plant is infused with a high dosage of fertilizer and fruit inducing hormone.
The orange fruit is, therefore, not recommended for eating.
Buying Potted Orange Trees
The Chinese will normally buy the tree in pairs as they believe it will double their wealth and prosperity.
As the plant is 'engineered' to bloom and ripe perfectly during the Chinese new year season, there may, however, be a few that might have ripened too early for the celebration. Hence, it is important that you choose, depending on when you buy, trees that are healthy and loaded with many semi ripe oranges. You do not want to buy trees with fully ripe fruits that will not last over the two-week Chinese New Year celebration. In fact, you should buy the tree that will bloom gloriously over a one-month period.
As I had mentioned earlier, the tree has been given an overdose of fertilizer and fruit inducement hormones, so that it will bear lots of fruits. These extra weights can be too much for the tree branches. Hence, the tree branches and fruits are normally tied neatly to provide support as well as to create a nice decorative/aesthetic look.
Once you bring the plant home from the nursery, make sure you water it daily, but do not over water them. They love the sun, so place them in the sunniest location within your premises. Or take them out for at least an hour of full 'sunlight bath'.
May you Have Lots of Wealth and Prosperity
So don't forget to display the tangerine or orange trees or your freshly baked Fresh Tangerine Cake in your homes and offices to bring in wealth and prosperity!
Read other articles on Chinese Cultures and Festivals
Read other articles on Chinese Cultures and Festivals here:
- Chinese New Year Celebration in Malaysia
- Chinese Qing-Ming Festival is now On-Line
- Chinese Zodiac Story : A Bedtime Story
- Ushering in Year of Dragon - Chinese New Year 2012
More by this Author
Chinese Lunar New Year also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year is celebrated by Chinese communities all over the world. Chinese New Year in 2016 will usher in Year of Monkey.
Bring in luck and prosperity with flowers such as plum blossom & daffodils during Lunar New Year celebration. Other auspicious flowers are sunflowers, pussy willows, chrysanthemum & azalea.
Studies on plants and music have proven that the right musical sounds can result in better growth. Find out how this process works and which music is most effective.