Chinese New Year celebrates the beginning of a new year according to the traditional lunar calendar. Often referred to as the Spring Festival it is a time for new beginnings and hopes for prosperity, wealth and happiness.
Traditionally the Spring Festival marked the end of the worst of winter and heralded the beginning of a new season. Spring brought with it more clement weather and so it was a time for planting and growth. Colours replaced the greys of winter as flowers and plants ‘spring’ into bloom symbolising renewal and positivity.
A garden of blossoms in VivoCity Singapore.
Vibrant displays of flowers and fruit blossoms can be seen in abundance during the Spring Festival, many of which have symbolic meanings. For example, peach blossoms represent romance, prosperity and growth; narcissus represents good fortune and prosperity, and orchids are symbolic of fertility and abundance.
Chinatown Singapore - Year of the Ox.
Each year Chinatown in Singapore celebrates the Spring Festival with fantastic decorations and this year it features sculptured lanterns of the Ox, gold coins, golden ingots, flowers, and greetings. Combining traditions with modern design, it is a wonderful and colourful annual event.
This year, 2021 is the year of the ox, (metal). The Ox is the second out of the twelve zodiac signs: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.
Those born in the Year of the Ox are intelligent, industrious, and cautious. They are known to hold their faith firmly, and always glad to offer help. They will always have a definite plan and as a result, often enjoy great success.
Happy Chinese New Year!