Guest editor Marlene M. Kristoff explores the flowers & fruit of the Lunar New Year of the tiger.
Enjoy preparing for festive lunar celebrations beginning February 1st and traditionally running two weeks!
Feast and enjoy Luck for the New Year of the Tiger…marking a fast-paced year ahead, driving back evil spirits, and celebrating a better connection with nature!
Symbols abound for this new lunar year…from gorgeous Orchids to Peach & Plum Blossoms, delicate Peonies, fragrant Narcissus, furry Pussy Willows, and luscious Pomelos, Grapes, Apples, seeded Watermelons, and, of course, symbolic lucky Oranges!!
These lovely flowers and fruits are often gifted and enjoyed for décor – so let’s feast and celebrate all over the world! Please enjoy some of their beauty and special meaning.
Orchid Lace Silk Camisole (Saks Fifth Avenue) | Embossed Orchid Note Cards (Gump’s) | Orchid Note Cards (Gump’s) | Bliss White Orchid (Pro Flowers) | Orchid Lariat (Neiman Marcus) | Gold Orchid Ring Catch (Horchow)
(State flower of Delaware, due to their many orchards.)
Known as the Flower of Riches.
Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne (Bloomingdale’s) |Peony & Blush Suede Candle (Bloomingdale’s)
It is traditional to place mandarin oranges along with a red envelope in special places in the household to bring good fortune and blessings…next to children’s pillows, in rice containers, as well as for gifting.
Green or yellow, ripened, an important fruit used in cooking. They are in season, right before new year…and believed to bring good luck to the household. – All good things come in twos‘ – decorate with a pair!
Green apple represents money. Red apple symbolizes prosperity and abundance – love them both!!
because of the many seeds it contains.
is luxury fruit. Eaten by royalty, symbolizing wealth, fortune, fertility, and prosperity.
As many of you know, Gump’s is a very special San Francisco destination known for quality and many Asian artifacts, particularly Jade. It is wildly important to my career, life, and many enduring friendships! The Shou symbol of long life and prosperity is its classic icon and certainly symbolizes my wish for each of you, as we embark on celebrations for our New Year of the Tiger – 2022! Kung Hei Fat Choy – Cheers and Ganbei…with little memories of my dear lifelong friend RCS, banquets and our buying days in China – Great Wall and all! xoxo MMK
PS: The toast in China is ganbei (“gon bay”) which literally means “dry cup.” Unlike in the West, you’re expected to empty your cup after each toast given, or at least try!! Good Luck!!
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