With Chinese New Year falling towards end of this month, I believe many homes would be cleaning out all the junk and clutter all over the place. It has been my usual practice to get that spring cleaning urge right after Christmas. Who doesn't love their surroundings to be clean, pleasing to the eye and sparkling for the festive mood?
The festive season will be the next big affair after welcoming New Year. It seems that the local supermarkets are getting prepared for the incredibly big celebration that occurs in less than a month's time. This year the auspicious occasion will celebrate the Year of the Ox.
Apart from the spring cleaning, many homes will be exquisitely adorned with somewhat glittering.......... I mean overpowering red, red, red decorations to usher in the Chinese New Year. Apparently , red is considered a lucky color, and it is prominently featured in Chinese New Year decorations. Somehow, my hubby and I not particularly fond of flattering decorations that ended up looking too busy and disturbing. Don't get me wrong, spreading the chinese new year spirit is absolutely fun and great but we prefer to keep it simple. We usually keep the decorations to a minimum, we just don't overdo it. Sometimes, less really is more.
We like simple, meaningful themes to adorn our home. I decorate my home with this chinese character 'Fu' (as picture above) because it's associated with good luck, good fortune and is believed to usher in prosperity. Incase you don't know, 'Fu' is one of the most popular and common Chinese characters used in Chinese New Year. Apart from that, I adore the idea of displaying flowers to symbolize a healthy beginning in the coming year.