Here at QVC we love any reason to celebrate and so have decided to usher in the year of the water dragon in style (which only comes once every 60 years!) with the traditional designs of Silk Route jewellery.
New Year, which falls on Monday 23rd January in 2012, is considered one of the most important holidays for Chinese families, all focused on bringing good luck and celebrating the coming of spring.
We caught up with our guest Yin Hu (pictured) to learn more about the traditions of Chinese New Year (also known in other Asian countries as Lunar New Year) and how they are reflected in Silk Route's designs…
Celebrating with family
Most families celebrate the New Year for about two weeks, so it takes some planning. Prior to the first day of the New Year it is customary for families to thoroughly clean their homes which is said to clear out any bad luck from the previous year and prepare to accept good luck for the coming year.
Another popular custom is to hang posters on doors and windows with the Chinese word 'fu', which translates to luck and happiness. Buying flowers for the home is also commonplace since they symbolize the coming of spring and a new beginning.
Here is my daughter (left) in traditional Chinese costume for the celebration. She is holding a New Year wall decoration saying 'May all go well with you'.
How I spend New Year
After London I will fly back to New York to celebrate with my family. We always join the New Year Parade in China Town of Manhattan to see the lion dance, fireworks and more. This photo was taken last year. Afterwards I go to China to celebrate with my parents and sisters.
My best memory of New Year during my childhood was before my grandma passed away, my family of more than 30 people would reunite every year. We would make dumplings at home for New Years Eve dinner which took us almost the whole day.
How New Year inspires Silk Route designs
New Year is the most traditional holiday with a lot of customs. People dress themselves in traditional clothes, most likely in red, which is one of my favourite colours I like to use in my jewellery. Elements of the ancient culture I've learnt since I was a child shine through while I create samples before I even realise.
I grew up in China and studied jewellery design in New York, so you can see a theme of east meets west and old meets new in Silk Route jewellery.
The red coral chipped bead necklace is a new design for these shows. This pure red colour is known as China Red which we find fascinating for its intoxicating vibrancy and for the belief that red can bring good luck.
My favourite new item is the elephant pendant necklace and earring set in a choice of pink or black. The lovely stone elephant pendant symbolises strength, power and good luck.
I hope you have enjoyed reading my blog and I look forward to showing you our new designs on air.
Happy New Year!
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