I divide my year between Hong Kong and Brisbane, Australia. This Blog is about: shopping, especially bargains of the season (BOTS); home decoration and how let your family’s personality shine in a postage stamp sized ‘same, same, but different’ apartment; where to take visitors in Hong Kong; and life with Prince and Princess PTT.
Tuesday, 17 January 2012
Casa HK frocks up for Chinese New Year
Casa HK's foyer is starting to get decked out in its Chinese New Year finery:
You can thank my little friends at The New York Times for the following primer of plants you will see around the traps over the Hong Kong Chinese New Year:
Mandarin Oranges: Large oranges with leaves attached are traditional house gifts for wishing good luck. A shrub of small oranges are believed to enhance goodwill, and in particular “fruitful” marriages.
Kumquats: These fruits are particularly popular as “kum” is Cantonese for gold.
Peonies: Their big, beautiful blossoms are believed to bring prosperity.
Peach Blossoms: For singles, this flower is believed to enhance romantic fortunes. Their fruit is also revered as a symbol of longevity.
Pussy Willow: Their multiple fluffy blossoms are believed to bring bountiful fortune.