Chinese New Year Symbols

Chinese Zodiac
Chinese Zodiac

  • The rotating cycle of twelve animal signs denotes the Chinese zodiacs and is an important symbol of the Chinese New Year.

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Chinese New Year is a time for real celebration and is linked with many Chinese New Year symbols. The customs and traditions state that each of the symbols of Chinese New Year has its own importance.Every symbol, having a deep meaning associated with it, brings the vibrant atmosphere that celebrations actually require. It is believed that the symbols of Chinese New Year celebrations bring along with it prosperity and happiness in everybody’s lives. 


Different Chinese New Year symbols

Chinese Lunar Calendar
Chinese Lunar Calendar
  • Chinese Lunar Calendar is dependant on the moon cycles and is constructed in a different fashion altogether than the Western solar calendar.

  • This symbol of Chinese New Year depicts dates of both the Gregorian (Western) calendar and the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

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Lai-See Envelopes
Lai-See Envelopes Image
  • Otherwise known as Hong-Bao, money is put inside these envelopes and handed over to children and adults on Chinese New Year.

  • It has the same spirit as that of the New Year presents.

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Spring Couplets
Spring Couplets
  • A very old New Year symbol for the Chinese, spring couplets are traditionally written with black ink on red paper and hung in front of the doors before the New Year day.

  • Bringing best wishes and fortune along with it, they happen to be an important Chinese New Year symbol.

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Plum Blossoms
Plum Blossoms
  • This symbol of Chinese New Year denotes courage and hope.

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The Color Red
  • Colors are important to Chinese culture as they are endowed with lucky meanings. The color Red symbolizes good health, fortune, and happiness

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The Color Yellow
  • Yellow is reserved for royalty. Clothing and objects that are yellow in color still resemble a higher social status.The color Yellow symbolizes good luck and heroism.

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Fú Characters
  • This square of red paper adorned with Fu character represents good fortune and is usually seen placed on the outer side of one's home.

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Fish
  • Fishes are used as a common decorative material during the Chinese New Year. There is a popular saying "nián nián yǒu yú in Chinese, which means “may you have fish every year".

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Paper Cutting
  • It is the most popular craft used in decoration during the New Year. Usually, red papers are used for decorations.

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Lanterns
  • There are many types of lanterns made of paper or cloth usually. They are decorated with black and gold calligraphy and prosperous symbols.

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Fireworks
  • Earlier fireworks were used for driving beasts away but in modern times they are used to celebrate happiness and are frequently used for weddings and other occasions.

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The Kitchen God
  • He is a traditional deity, believed to be the protector of the family. He is widely revered; pictures of kitchen god are hung above the fire in the kitchen at homes.

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The God of Gates
  • Painting or pictures of The God of Gates are hung on the doors during the New Year. It is believed the God of Gates guards the people against evil spirits and bring good luck.

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The God of Money
  • The God of Money is the Chinese God of Wealth. It is believed that he brings wealth to those who revere him.

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Last Updated: 14th Feb, 2018