“What is common to all Lunar New Years traditions is that its good luck to have fresh flowers blossoming in the home on Lunar New Year’s Day, “says Chang Choi, owner of Choi Orchids at California Flower Mall.
Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) January 28, 2014
LA Flower District California Flower Mall rings in the Lunar New Year with lucky blooms for the 2014 Year of the Horse. Downtown Los Angeles flower mart wholesalers stock millions of prized fresh flowers, blooming branches, and flowering plants symbolizing happiness, long life, wealth and good fortune for three different Asian American New Year traditions. Prosperity reigns at CFM where DIY wholesale and deep discount flowers and plants sell up to 70% off retail prices
The Lunar New Year is celebrated by people of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage. 1.5 million Asian-Americans celebrate Lunar New Year in LA and Orange County. Known as "Chuen Jie" (Spring Festival) in Chinese, "Tet Nguyen Dan" in Vietnamese, and "Sol" in Korean, the holiday is celebrated with important and elaborate family traditions.
“What is common to all Lunar New Years traditions is that its good luck to have fresh flowers blossoming in the home on Lunar New Year’s Day," says Chang Choi, owner of Choi Orchids at California Flower Mall. "Other traditions common to all cultures are family gatherings, visits from distant relatives and formal dinners. Cleaning house well before the holiday to clear the old and welcome the new, and the distinct decorative colors – red, gold, and orange, green, and pink, are the same too” he adds.
Lunar New Year floral and fruit decorations are symbols invoking happiness, longevity, wealth, and good luck in the New Year. Floral and fruit decorations celebrate the unity of nature and humanity – recognizing the cycle of creation – first there must be buds, then flowers, then fruits that become fortunes.
Red symbolizes joy, virtue, truth and sincerity. Gold symbolizes wealth, Lunar New Year flower traditions and symbols include:
- Apricot blossoms – beauty, good fortune
- Azalea - life balance, harmony, happiness
- Bamboo – luck, money, endurance
- Chrysanthemum – long life, joy and happiness
- Kumquat – prosperity
- Lotus – purity, rebirth and new beginnings
- Mandarin Orange - fortune
- Narcissus (daffodil) – yellow: prosperity; white: purity
- Orchid – elegance
- Peach blossoms – luck, longevity
- Plum blossoms – courage
- Pussy Willow – flexibility, good fortune
- Sunflower – to have a good year
California Flower Mall is open free to the public seven days a week so holiday flowers and plants may be refreshed in homes throughout the 15 day Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.