Friday, January 16, 2009

Red is an auspicious colour to the Chinese

Red is an auspicious colour to the Chinese. That accounts for anything red when the occasion warrants its use. This colour is often seen on Chinese New Year which happens to fall on 26th this month. The Chinese people all over the world will wear red clothing on this day to usher in the New Year which will bring good things to them. Wearing red attire brings good luck to the Chinese. Even money given to children are put in red packets known as Hongbao in Mandarin and Ang Pau in Hokkien.

The joss-sticks for praying to Emperor Jade on the 9th day of the Chinese New Year are also red. Red ribbons are tied to the cars carrying the bride and bridegroom before they sit together after performing the tea ceremony before the elders.

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