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What is the Chinese New Year?

Taking place in January or February of each year, the Chinese New Year is a 15-day celebration designated by the lunar calendar. It starts with the New moon on the first day of the first lunar month and ends on the Full moon 15 days later on what is called the Lantern Festival. Also known as the Lunar New Year or commonly referred to as the Spring Festival, citizens in China and Chinese communities around the globe gather to usher out the old and ring in the new year. The most important of all Chinese holidays, the Chinese New Year is a time steeped in tradition and marked with family, food, festivities and fireworks.

The Chinese New Year and the Significance of Red and Gold

From clothing to decor, the Chinese New Year is decked out in red. Believed to have the power to scare away evil spirits, red is a significant symbol of good fortune for the Chinese New Year. A long-held tradition, older adults will give red envelopes of money as a Chinese New Year gift to unwed young adults and children to wish them good luck and good health. A sign of prosperity, the red envelopes can also be given as Chinese New Year gifts to employees as well as between co-workers and friends. Complementing red's importance in the traditions of the Chinese New Year, gold is another key color that signifies prosperity and wealth in the holiday's festivities.

Chinese New Year Flowers and Gifts

Symbolizing rebirth, abundance and good fortune, flowers and fruit play a meaningful role in the decoration and observance of the Chinese New Year. Some of the most popular Chinese New Year flowers include peonies, peach blossoms, narcissus or pussy willows - all representing prosperity, richness and growth. Other options for Chinese New Year flowers are azaleas which convey harmony and balance or rich, green lucky bamboo which embodies longevity and good health. Wish a loved one fertility and abundance the whole year through with a stunning and classic potted orchid. Looking for a more edible option? Send an FTD fruit basket with oranges and hopes for happiness for the Chinese New Year.