吉 (JÍ) • AUSPICIOUS
Oranges symbolize riches and good fortune because of their gold color, which makes them "good luck" fruits.
福 (FÚ) • GOOD FORTUNE
Fu is an auspicious symbol, often used to decorate homes during the New Year. Fish are considered lucky because the Chinese word for fish (yu) is similar to the word for surplus.
快乐 (KUÀI LÈ) • JOY
Prawns are considered to be auspicious because their pronunciation in Mandarin (xia) and Cantonese (ha) sounds like laughter (ha ha ha).
平安 (PÍNG ĀN) • PEACE
The panda is a symbol of peace and balance, often compared to the harmony of yin and yang because of its black and white spots.
发财 (FĀ CÁI) • PROSPERITY
The shape of the gourd resembles the number 8, which is a lucky number because it sounds like the word for growth. People wish each other growing prosperity at New Year.
春 (CHŪN) • SPRING
Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, a time of joy. The plum blossom (mei hua) symbolizes courage because it blooms in winter and is a reminder that Spring is coming.