Flower Fairs not only sell potted and fresh plants. Every year the major event organized by the government and flower fair committee provides local citizens and horticulture lovers a chance to appreciate the beauty of flowers and green plants, enjoy the joy of harvest as well as buy decorations for the upcoming Chinese New Year.
Named "Flower Fair", the event also sells a large proportion of other goods including spring festival couplets, handicrafts and snacks. It is certainly the plants with auspicious significances are most welcome. What usually do the people buy at the flower fair?
Tangerine is homophonous with the "luck" in Chinese. People love to hang the lucky money envelopes and other decorations on the tree like a Christmas tree.
Peach blossom signifies the blossoming of the New Year and especially for (both business and love) relationships with others.
Chrysanthemum symbolizes longevity. People love to buy yellow chrysanthemum-like flowers named Wanshouju (Tagetes erecta).
Peony flower is one of the favorites for decorating the home. Chinese regard the blossom as the queen of flowers and its beauty is undoubtedly amazing and flourishing.
There is no question that Lucky Bamboo is also listed on the Chinese must-buy plant at the festivals. Sellers have designed the lucky bamboo in the shape of a "pagoda". It is said the plant has the functions of improving the air inside.
Salix Plantoginea is one kind of common plants in bundle. It has extremely strong vitality and lasts for over the year.
Bitter Orange is green in its first year and turns yellow in the second and third year. The young and mature fruits can be seen on the same branch. So it gains the Chinese name "Dai dai guo" meaning fruits of generation by generation, indicating a flourishing family.
Daffodils only blossom on the very cold day so it appears in the fair.
The shape of Nepenthes produces the nickname of "grass of pig's cage" in Chinese, signifying income will be fulfilled in the coming year.
The flower fairs usually spare the special sections for food and decorations, such as Spring festival couplets, hanging scrolling, toys themed with Chinese Zodiac animal. The year of 2014 is the year of horse. So try to place your wishes on the horse because "on the horse" means "immediately".
(By Jessie Huang, Rik Glauert)