Not just at the concourse area of this neighbourhood mall, but all over the country especially cities, are "painted" in red, as we wait for the arrival of the Metal Rat.
Red is the colour of luck, believed to be auspicious by the Chinese. Decorations to clothes and ang pow's(money packets), all in red are up for grabs to welcome the Chinese New Year which falls on 25th January.
Yellow represents power and prosperity. It is also a colour worn by royalty. Yellow lanterns hung in rows on every floor. I guess this mall, decided to give the red a splash of yellow.
Traditional biscuits and cookies for those who don't have the time to bake. These can be included in hampers as gifts.
If you wanted a smaller gift visiting friends, then these packed in pretty boxes with red ribbons will do the trick.
That big gold ingot in the centre is very popular as it symbolizes prosperity and wealth. It was a currency used in China during the Qing Dynasty. These replicas are used in Feng Shui to attract money.
The hampers are usually presented to those you are in business with. Depending on what's inside these hampers, they could cost you up to four figures.
Gift hampers usually have food and drinks and some even liquor. Mandarin oranges are a very popular gift when visiting friends and family and they in turn will give you some too as it symbolizes good fortune.
According the net, when you say "orange" in Mandarin, it sounds similar to the word "wealth". And the colour orange is also similar to gold, making it a very auspicious fruit.
The teapot, invented in China during the Yuan Dynasty, is a common feature of most Chinese festivities. These ceramic pots have beautiful designs on them though this shape looks kinda modern to me.
Even this one doesn't look like your typical teapot and it really is pretty.
The pineapple is another fruit popular during CNY. And when you say it in Mandarin, it sounds like "luck is coming your way". It symbolizes fortune and prosperity. And it being in gold, multiplies the wishes.
I know these ceramic plates with the rooster are popular amongst the Chinese. Now checking on the net, I found out why.
Rooster bowls are synonymous with the history of the Chinese immigrants in Southeast Asia. The colourful painting of the rooster on the bowl is well-loved and evokes fond memories of delicious food from the past.
Pretty teapot with teacups, packed to be gifted.
Decorative pieces made in Chinese brocade. Satin fabric that has texture, making it look like it has been embroidered.
To hang in your house or office, even on your Mandarin Orange tree, featuring the rat.
Soft furnishing showcasing the Chinese Brocade, designs and Chinese history.
The bamboo, another popular item during CNY. Wanna guess why? If you said, for prosperity and good luck, you are spot on.
All kinds of bamboos are welcome, wrapped with red ribbons and gold ingots, it is great as gifts for colleagues or even your desk at work. Think I will get one of these for myself.
And to round it up, wearing red on the first day of Chinese New Year is auspicious. You can wear traditional costumes, or more modern clothes, but red is encouraged.
In fact, these days, even the non-Chinese will wear red in the hopes of attracting wealth, fortune and prosperity into their lives. Yes, me too.. haha