Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Red and Gold

One of the most celebrated holidays in Asian culture is the Lunar New Year, also called the Spring Festival. The celebration is based on the agricultural cycle calendar. The Lunar New Year marks the end of winter and the start of spring, which is an important transition for farmers. This year, the first day of the Lunar New Year is Feb. 16th, however just like Christmas and the New Years, the festivities start the day before. 

 

In the evening of the Lunar New Year Eve, many people set off firecrackers to signify casting away bad luck and bringing in good luck. Children often receive red envelopes with luck” money inside. This is a time for family gatherings. People wear new clothes, enjoy delicious and copious amounts of food, visit friends and relatives and exchange greetings for the coming New Year. Various activities such as parades and shows with drums, gongs, as well as dragon and lion dances, are all part of the Spring Festival festivities. Lunar New Year is celebrated in Asian countries and territories, including Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Mauritius, Australia, the Philippines, and many other places where these cultures reside.

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For all the joyful Asian occasions, such as Lunar New Year, weddings, and birthdays, you will often find that the primary usage of color is red. In Asian culture, it symbolizes good fortune and joy. Another color often used with red is yellow or gold. Traditionally, yellow/gold has been considered the most beautiful color. That is why you often see clothing and items made with traditional cloth or paper that has a red base with golden details of floral prints and patterns to give it a rich and prosperous look. This year will be the year of the dog, so you can also expect to see their presence on a lot of this year’s lunar new year designs!

 

We have a great collection of Lunar New Year content in PicCollage. Designer, Jenny Lipets has designed a Chinese backgrounds pack and a sticker pack design to help add those finishing touches to make your photos more prosperous and festive for the new year. Below are some examples of how you can use these backgrounds and stickers to decorate your New Year collages.
This is the first time we have this many sticker and background packs for the lunar new year, so if you’re one of the millions of people who celebrate this fun occasion, or know someone who does, wish them good fortune and luck with greetings in red and gold!

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