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The significance of the colors red & gold in Chinese culture

Updated on May 30, 2012

The color of Red in chinese culture usually means good luck. So like the red packet which is given every Chinese New Year, is just a symbol of good luck in the coming Year. So it is not wise for you to wear red color shirts when you attend a funeral. Golden or yellow color is traditionally the color used in imperial service. The golden color symbolizes wealth and also happiness.

Red is also a color in Chinese weddings, because in wedding they tend to be happy and by wearing red things, will help the couple who are getting married chasing out the bad luck on the day they're getting married. Red in here means good luck, happiness, joy, and for the couple, this red color is regarded an energy as red symbolized the Fire element in Chinese metaphysics.

In Chinese New Year, they're a custom that the eldest one gives red envelope to the young one, which means on this happy day, they're welcoming the New Year, and give blessing to the young one. Reds, Oranges and Yellows are warm colors that create warm and excitement. As you can see also, in Chinese New Year, they like to give two oranges for every visitor to give a warm welcome. This Red envelope is also a symbol of prosperity in the house.

The color of Red in chinese culture usually means good luck. So like the red packet which is given every Chinese New Year, is just a symbol of good luck in the coming Year. So it is not wise for you to wear red color shirts when you attend a funeral. The golden color symbolize wealth and also happiness.

In Chinese Metaphysics, Red symbolized the Fire element (shiny element which can chase out all evil). Golden color or sometimes it can resemble a Yellow color, symbolized the Earth element which is the storage money element (wealth) in Four Pillars of Destiny.

Hery Yansen is a Chinese Metaphysics practitioner and owner of Authentic Feng Shui Asia website. His website http://www.authenticfengshui.asia provides an informative content on different kinds of Chinese metaphysics for those who are keen learner on Chinese metaphysics subjects.

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      3 years ago

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      4 years ago

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    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      4 years ago

      Blue we rarely used in Chinese traditional, Jo.

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      Jo 

      4 years ago

      What about blue?

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      5 years ago

      You're welcome, Nidhi.

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      Nidhi 

      5 years ago

      Thanks! It helped a lot!

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      david 

      6 years ago

      AMAZING THANK YOU

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      6 years ago

      No, it is not suitable to wear red at that moment. Red represent happiness not sadness in obituaries.

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      WOO 

      6 years ago

      can you were red at a chinese memorial

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      6 years ago

      Dear Marisa,

      Feng Shui is always about balance. There are 3 important things that you should take care, 1. Your main door 2. Your master bedroom 3. Your kitchen. If it falls in some bad star or good star at wrong location then it will cause you financially drain. If you have the map of your house and direction of your house (if you are not sure, then we still can use Google map to help), we can talk and discuss it through my mail in my website above.

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      Hery 

      6 years ago

      Dear Marisa,

      If the area is wood, it will surely drain the power of the wood if you put red color decoration. The key is to balance.

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      Marisa 

      6 years ago

      In my house, the septic tank of my sister toilet is in the living room area of my house. We have just 2 meters distance between my house and her house..she was the first who build her house and our lot was adjacent to each other.. It was 21 years already and its still there.. I feel that its bad for feng shui.. I told her already to make new septic tank but still she didn't make action.. What will i do.. And also, our septic tank of our toilet is in the kitchen area because i made extention of my house at the back side..please help me what to do.. We are always financially drain..

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      Marisa 

      6 years ago

      I just want to know if we can place red object or decoration in wealth area of a space. Since the element for wealth area is wood.. So fire will burn the wood for the destructive cycle..

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      Hery 

      6 years ago

      What kind of information you needed for your school project, Shelby?

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      Hery 

      6 years ago

      Black is the most not recommended color for Chinese New Year.

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      shelby 

      6 years ago

      i need help 4 a school project. do you have any more info on the color gold?

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      Vickie Nau 

      6 years ago

      What two colors are traditionally NOT to be worn during the Chinese New Year?

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      6 years ago

      Color red = happiness, joy

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      unknown 

      6 years ago

      Brilliant but you did to much things on the colour red

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment, Catherine Li.

      I have a Chinese trait also.

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      Catherine Li 

      6 years ago

      it is true.Thanks!i am chinese are u?

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      tom 

      7 years ago

      you rock

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      Hery 

      7 years ago

      Hi Amari,

      I think my explanation is quite enough on this subject.

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      Amari Azuna 

      7 years ago

      Why don't you talk more about the yellow/gold?

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      Hery 

      7 years ago

      Hi Katie, what kind of stars that you are referring to?

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      katie 

      7 years ago

      well why are the stars so important

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      8 years ago

      For furniture and interior design, it depends on the person itself preference. For exterior color like wall color, usually the Chinese like to use the color according to the favorable color that they need. Like for example, if the person is a weak fire, then he prefer more color of green or red (green represent wood and red represent fire). I hope this answer to your question through email.

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      Luke 

      8 years ago

      And what about furniture and interior design? Is there any particular color that Chinese people do or don't like, or just prefer?

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      Hery 

      8 years ago

      The flag of the People's Republic of China is a red field charged in the canton (upper left corner) with five golden stars. The design features one large star, with four smaller stars in a semicircle set off towards the fly (right side). The red represents revolution; the five stars and their relationship represent the unity of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Sometimes, the flag is referred to as the "Five Star Red Flag" (simplified Chinese: ????; traditional Chinese: ????; pinyin: w? x?ng hóng qí).(I just quoted from Wikipedia so it's easy for you to understand.)

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      emily 

      8 years ago

      i was just wondering what the chinese flag symbolises and why its so important??, because i've got a school prodject

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      8 years ago

      Hi Dnnich, sorry 4 the late reply. Yes as you mention, the background of red is representing the good luck.

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      dnnich 

      8 years ago

      I'm curious as why signage on buildings in many chinese movies have a red background is it for the same reasons to represent the fire element and good luck?

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      Hery 

      8 years ago

      Hi Megha, the black color is usually used in unhappy events, that's why the Chinese never wear all black suite to attend a marriage event.

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      megha 

      8 years ago

      what is the significance of black colour in chinese mythology?

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      Bo @ Chinese Knot Weddings 

      9 years ago

      The color red is used widely in Chinese culture, for all happy moments including the wedding, the birthday, the opening ceremony, the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year) etc.

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      rose tusiime 

      9 years ago

      Wow.....iam so happy because i have a wedding in december and my colors are red and gold. iam som blessed to have chosen those colors and thank you for providing the details about the meaning.

    • Hery Yansen profile imageAUTHOR

      Hery 

      10 years ago

      You're welcome, LiveLonger

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      Jason Menayan 

      10 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for the explanation.

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