Red and Gold New Year in Taiwan

Chinese New Year decorations are everywhere these days and everyone seems to be hurrying home with paper decorations.

Red and gold are the primary colors for Chinese New Year with the lucky color red symbolizing happiness and vitality. Gold symbolizes wealth and good fortune.

These decorations are hung on doors and in windows to usher in a happy and prosperous New Year. Red is also thought to scare away the legendary man-eating beast, Nian, who comes down from the mountains every new year to steal people away.

Homes are adorned with paper banners and cut-outs, paper lanterns, new plants and flowers and images of the pig, which is this year’s zodiac animal.

These paper scrolls and squares are written with blessings and wishes of good luck, prosperity, wealth, longevity, and happiness for the new year.  The decorations are usually hung upside down because they symbolize the arrival of spring.

When hung upside down, one can read ‘dao’ which is the homonym for ‘arrival’ in Mandarin.

There is so much energy and festivity in the air right now, one can’t help but feel the excitement as the week winds to an end and everyone is rushing home to be with family.

To all my friends around the world, I wish you a safe, prosperous and happy New Year.  Spring is coming!  Gong xi fa cai!

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

1 thought on “Red and Gold New Year in Taiwan

    ggwfung

    (February 13, 2007 - 12:53 pm)

    what colorful images!

    I used to have a glorious time as a kid wandering through Chinatown. This brings back memories.

    Gong xi fa cai!

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