It’s February of 2015. The Lunar New Year is once again upon us. It doesn’t happen often but sometimes I meet someone who asks me something of the Chinese culture and I get stumped.
For example, why is red a lucky color in the Chinese culture?
Why? Well, what kind of question is that? It’s like asking someone why the sky is blue. Well, it just is!
The reality is, we grew up with parents who didn’t have the time to answer all of our questions, and it was easier for them to tell us “it’s just like that”.
Asking so many questions was a sign of disobedience, which was frowned upon.
To answer the question, “Red is the Chinese national color and represents happiness, beauty, success and good fortune.”
Also, I believe the word red, in Chinese, 红 – hóng, also sounds like the word for “revolutionary” in Chinese. This lent it to being used in many ways in the language and was tied to good luck and growth in government, and in turn, in every day lives of the Chinese.
You can read a bit more on lucky colors and symbols of China right here:
Lucky Numbers and Colors in Chinese Culture
By the way, I attended many functions for this past Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year. I’ll share some photos and videos below of the many things I saw and ate. Happy Year of the Goat to All!!!