why is red a lucky colour in china

The ancient Chinese believed that colors had a certain magical power. Today, scientists also believe that colors have a certain connection with the human brain. Different colors have profound effects on people’s body, emotions, thoughts and behavior. Each color has its own function in China.

what colour is lucky in china

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Red represents fire and is the most popular color in China. It is also the national color representing happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune. … Red envelopes are stuffed with money and given as gifts during Chinese New Year.

what is the meaning of red in china

In China red symbolizes fire and the south. It also symbolizes happiness, good fortune, courage, loyalty, honor, success, and even fertility. Unlike traditional American brides wearing white on their wedding day, Chinese weddings normally consist of the bride wearing a red dress. Although it seems to have a positive connotation, it also has its negative. Obituaries are normally written in red and if you write someones name in red it signals that they have died, or that you no longer want them in your life. The famous Chinese yin and yang is also associated with the color red.

Why do Chinese wear red?

As mentioned repeatedly here, red is China’s good luck color, believed to scare away spirits of bad fortune. Chinese usually wear red or other brightly-colored clothes on New Year’s Day, to go with the festive and upbeat mood.

What is considered good luck in China?

Red is seen as a national color. The preference for red is deeply rooted in Chinese culture; it represents power, status, and confidence to ancient Chinese royalty, while to ordinary people, red means happiness, wealth, prosperity, and good luck.

china red origin story

Mythology 1:

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The founder and first emperor of the Han dynasty (202–195 BC) was said to be “the son of RED emperor”*1. Since then, people decided to honor red color. Red symbolizes the authority and the privileged.

A mythical beast called nián shòu would come to devour livestock and people around Chinese New Year.

Mythology 2:

Long time ago, a mythical beast called nián shòu would come to devour livestock and people around Chinese New Year. Luckily, nián shòu was sensitive to loud noises and afraid of the color red. Hence, it became a new year tradition to light firecrackers, hang red lanterns and red scrolls on windows or doors and perform Chinese Lion Dance. Tada! Nián shòu never appeared again.

use of red in china

Red packets are given to children during Chinese New Year. There is money called ‘(yā suì qián)’ inside the red packet.

red egg

Chinese red eggs are served during an important birthday (such as the first month or first year). Handing out these eggs to family and friends symbolizes joy and renewed life.

Red plays a vital role in Chinese weddings, because this color is associated with success, loyalty, honor, fertility, and love, amongst others. Because of this, decorations at Chinese weddings are generally in red, and so is the bride’s dress.

In the US, declining stock prices are reflected with red color but in China, Korea, and Japan, rising stock prices are indicated in red. Red is associated with wealth and stock gains.


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