Home > Auspicious Meanings

Tangerines and Oranges

Updated: 2014-01-08 14:42:25

Tangerines and oranges are one of these auspicious Chinese New Year symbols.

Tangerines in Chinese sounds similar to the word "luck" and orange sounds like the Chinese word for "wealth". Through the play of words, the Chinese is associating the gift of orange and tangerine as having an abundance of happiness and prosperity.

The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold', hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth.

This is a very important factor for the Chinese new year celebration.

Hence you will find tangerines and oranges, being displayed in houses, offices and shops as they believe it will usher in good fortune for the occupants.

Chinese Symbols - Tangerine and Orange fruits

Besides displaying tangerine and orange fruits, displaying the potted plant is another common way to usher in the prosperity.

They are normally placed at a doorway or within the common area such as the main reception lobby of shops or offices, or within the living room.

Miniature orange trees

This potted plant usually comes in the form of a miniature orange tree.

Miniature orange trees for Chinese New Year are mainly cultivated in China. They are then exported to countries where they are majority Chinese populations who will buy them, for the Chinese new year.

Good as a decorative item

These ornamental orange trees are very popular and prices vary according to the quality, type and tree sizes. They usually come in heights varying from 1.5 feet (0.45 meter) to 7.9 feet (2.4 meter).

Since they are cultivated mainly as a decorative item, the orange fruit is not recommended for eating. This is mainly due to the fact that the tree is infused with a high dosage of fertilizer and fruit inducing hormone. They look nice and is tempting to eat, however it is not good for eating.


Link : | China Daily | Chinaculture.org |

| About Chinaculture |

Constructed by Chinadaily.com.cn Registration Number: 10023870-7
Copyright © 2014 Ministry of Culture, P.R.China. All rights reserved
Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.