Tangerine and Orange - Chinese New Year Symbols - Tangerine Recipe
Do you know that tangerine and orange will bring in good luck and wealth?
Chinese New Year Celebration
Chinese culture is rich with symbolism. This is especially so during the 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 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.
Chinese New Year, being a major festival celebrated by Chinese people, hence these symbols are even more significant. To make it auspicious, the Chinese will adorn their houses with these symbols.
Why Tangerine and Orange Are Part of Chinese New Year Symbols?
Tangerine and orange are some of these auspicious Chinese New Year symbols.
Tangerine 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 are associating the gift of tangerine and orange as the abundance of happiness and prosperity.
The fruit's bright orange color also symbolizes 'gold'. This is an auspicious symbol of good luck and wealth, an important factor for the Chinese new year celebration.
So, you will find tangerine and orange fruits displayed in houses, offices, and shops to usher good fortune for the occupants.
It is also served to guests and 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 in the doorway or within the common area of 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 miniature orange trees.
Miniature orange tree for Chinese New Year is mainly cultivated in China. It is then exported to countries with large Chinese populations who buy them for the Chinese New Year.
Orange Tree Decorations
These ornamental orange trees are very popular and prices vary according to the quality, type and tree sizes. It comes in heights between 1.5 feet (0.45 meter) to 7.9 feet (2.meters).
It looks nice and you might be tempted to eat the fruit. Don't, as they are cultivated as decorative items and are infused with the high dosage of fertilizer and fruit inducing hormone.
Buying Potted Orange Tree
The Chinese normally buy the tree in pairs as they believed it will double their wealth and prosperity.
The plant is 'engineered' to bloom and ripe during the Chinese new year season. But there may be a few that ripe too early for the celebration. It is important that you choose trees that are healthy and loaded with many semi-ripe oranges. You don't buy trees with fully ripe fruits that will not last for the two-week Chinese New Year celebration. Buy a tree that blooms gloriously over a one-month period.
As mentioned earlier, the tree was given an overdose of fertilizer and fruit inducement hormones, so it will bear lots of fruits. These extra fruit weights can be too much for the tree branches. The tree branches and fruits will be tied neatly for support and to create a nice decorative/aesthetic look.
Water it daily but do not over water them. If the potted plant is left for a long period without water, the dryness can lead to flower bud and fruit to drop. 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'.
Chinese New Year Traditions
So, continue this Chinese New Year tradition and display the tangerine and orange trees in your homes and offices to bring 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
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