How Do Hongkongers Celebrate Chinese New Year? Hint: Flowers

Blue orchids at the Chinese New Year flower market.

Enjoy the tradition of flower giving at this amazing time that is Chinese New Year in Hong Kong. Gung Hay Fat Choy! (Image: via Jenny Wu)

We all like flowers, but for Hongkongers, flowers mean so much more. Especially on Chinese New Year’s Day, since giving flowers and potted plants as gifts is a very important tradition.

Every year, lots of flower markets are held in different districts in Hong Kong for Chinese New Year. One of the most popular markets is in Victoria Park in Causeway Bay which will be operating on a smaller scale this year on the 11th & 12th of February.

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Just as every flower has its own special meaning, some flowers and plants are particularly favored by Hong Kongers because they are considered auspicious, and thought to bring good feng shui.

Here are some popular plants that you will see at all flower markets. Hongkongers usually use them to decorate their homes, offices, or even shopping malls.

An elderly man browses flowers at Hong Kong flower market.
Hong Kong has many flower markets over the city that are popular around Chinese New Year. (Image: Aleksandra Shutova via Dreamstime)

Lucky bamboo

Lucky bamboo is commonly used in feng shui, and stands for a “happy home.” It’s also called Fu Gwey Zhu. Zhu means bamboo, and Fu and Gwey refer to fortune, power, and honor. If you put it in your office, it will bring luck to your business.

chinese new year flower market in hong kong lucky bamboo
Lucky bamboo brings luck to your business and family. (Image: via Jenny Wu)

Orchids

Orchids are one of the most popular flowers at the markets because of their beauty, fragrance, and auspicious meaning for nobility and wealth.

chinese new year flower market in hong kong orchids
Orchids are especially favored because of their beauty, fragrance, and auspicious meaning of nobility and wealth. (Image: via Jenny Wu)

Mandarin trees

Mandarin trees, or golden orange trees, are a symbol of prosperity and fortune. It’s quite popular to put a golden orange tree at one’s home or office, not only because it is a beautiful decoration, but also because it brings fortune.

chinese new year flower market in hong kong mandarin trees
It’s very popular to put a mandarin tree in the office because it’s a symbol of fortune and prosperity, and people hope their business can thrive, just like the tree. (Image: via Jenny Wu)

Peach blossoms

Peach blossoms represent romance, love, good luck, and the promise of new life as they bloom in spring. They are very common at New Year flower markets.

chinese new year flower market in hong kong pink peach blossoms
A peach tree with red packets, surrounded by mandarin trees brings people good fortune, luck, and love. (Image: via Jenny Wu)

What: 

Don’t miss the annual Chinese New Year flower market at Victoria Park.

When: 

February 6-12, 2021

Where: 

Victoria Park in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. Get out at MTR Causeway Bay Station Exit E or MTR Tin Hau Station Exit A2.

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