Certain symbols are considered auspicious, while others are considered to bring in misfortune. Even speaking out negative words are prohibited during the festive period.
- Fu and Feng: Paper cuttings of the Chinese characters Fu and Feng are placed in the homes. The former is believed to bring in luck while the latter promises a bountiful harvest.
- Chinese Dragon: These are mythological creatures that symbolize the auspicious and the potent. They are believed to have control over water in all forms. They represent power and strength.
- Chinese Lanterns: Lanterns represent peace, harmony and blessings as they guide everyone to their own home after the period of celebration and festivity.
- Red Envelope: Traditionally, the elders hand out a red envelop with money to the younger ones as gift. The red brings good luck while the money in it is a wish for prosperity and abundance all round the year.
- Red: This color is believed to bring in luck.
- Gold: This color is the symbol of prosperity.
- White: This color is considered as a symbol of misfortune and is avoided during the celebrations.