Placing a pair of Mandarin orange or kumquat trees in your doorway during Chinese New Year might just bring good fortune.
New Year trees are decorated trees similar to Christmas trees that are displayed to specifically celebrate the New Year. They should not be confused with the practice of leaving up a Christmas tree until after New Year’s Day.
During Chinese New Year, tangerines and oranges are displayed as decorations. Sometimes, small trees are for this. Calamondin orange trees are traditionally given as gifts around Chinese New Year.
Chinese Word for “Wealth”
Sent as good-luck tokens for a fruitful and abundant year. The word orange sounds like the Chinese word for “wealth” which is where the tradition stems from.
Mandarin Orange or Kumquat Trees
Why placing a pair of Mandarin orange or kumquat trees in your doorway during Chinese New Year might just bring good fortune. The reason is related to wealth and overall good fortune, but you knew I was going to say that. I looked forward to the arrival of the big Mandarin orange trees in the weeks prior to Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Decorations
Chinese do most of the decoration for the Spring Festival on New Year’s Eve, although people begin to decorate their houses around 10 days before. Almost all decorations involved the color red and lucky images. 2020 is a year of the Rat, so rat decorations will appear.
Kumquat Trees — a Wish for Wealth and Good Luck
In Cantonese, the kumquat is called gam gat sue. The word gam (金) is the Cantonese word for ‘gold’, and the word gat sounds like the Cantonese word for ‘good luck’.
Blooming Flowers — Wishes for a Prosperous New Year
Chinese New Year, also called Spring Festival, marks the beginning of spring. It is not uncommon to decorate houses with blooming flowers, which symbolize the coming of spring and wishes for a prosperous new year.