It is very usual for us Chinese to decorate the house and the work place with Chinese New Year Decorations for this Lunar New Year period. Most of the decorations are commonly red or gold in colour to symbolise prosperity and luck. Some decorations also come with Chinese characters on it, usually written in beautiful Chinese Caligraphy.
Some usual decorations you see year in year out are the ones below :
As almost everyone knows, Chinese folks have 12 zodiacs as well, just like our western counterparts... The difference is that our zodiacs is based on 12 different animals... In the coming new year, it would be the year of the Magnificent Tiger... which is also the year in which I was born with... for those of you who can count, don't bother doing the math... I'm born in the year of the tiger, but really just turned 23 this year... go figure. I am strictly not 24 yet... so don't even suggest it.
Anyway, since I'm born in the year of the tiger my mom has gone overboard with the Chinese New Year decorations this year. She bought quite a bit decorations in the shape of tigers... one of the ones is the pair below...
Its a picture of a male and a female tiger holding auspicious items with the word "Fook" on it... Fook ! not Fuck... don't get it wrong. Fook naturally means luck, and Chinese folks totally adore this word... Fuck on the other hand isn't really an auspicious word... not unless you are really horny. Well these two decorations are supposed to be hunged up side by side, usually to each side of a door, so that it symbolises an auspicious greeting into which ever door you are walking through. Well... it is nice... but I would much rather have hung up something like this...
Yupz two male tigers side by side instead of a male and a female :) Can you guess which is the top and which is the bottom? ahahha... Let me tell you the simple answer to that, they are both versatile! I wonder if any houses I visit this year would have any homo-themed Chinese New Year Decorations... Highly unlikely... but maybe
Happy shopping for Chinese New Year my chinese friends... and to all the others... just enjoy the sales that come during this festive season and shop as well :) Just two more weeks before Chinese New Year!!!
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