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Chinese New Year

The colour red is a very symbolic colour in Chinese culture. Red symbolises good fortune and joy. Red envelopes, or ‘Hong Bao’ containing money are often seen presented at special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings or Chinese New Year. Red takes on a special importance as we enter the year of the Red Monkey. Red is also prominently reflected in our flower arrangements, gifts, baskets and hampers for Chinese New Year. One of our most popular items during Chinese New Year is our ‘Prosperity’ arrangement presented in a stylish ceramic vase. Other popular items include fruit baskets, to start the year as you mean to go on. Keep the celebrations coming! Chinese New Year celebrations will run from the last day of the month in the Chinese calendar through to Lantern Festival, which starts on the 15th day of the first month. There are many traditions that take place during this period. For example, Chinese families will reunite and share meals together as well as having a good house clean to sweep away any misfortune before New Year starts. All windows and doors are decorated to promote wealth, longevity, good fortune and happiness.Orchids are commonly used to decorate during Chinese New Year in Australia. ‘Jade’ is a very popular orchid arrangement. It is simple, but elegant. Featuring a beautiful wrap of Singapore orchids, which are long lasting blooms and perfect for Chinese New Year. This year Chinese New Year falls on the 8th February, so make sure you order your gift before this date to avoid disappointment. From all of us at Interflora we wish you a very Happy Chinese New Year: “Xin Nian Kuai le”.