No matter if you are old school or new age, we Asians are quite the superstitious lot – though we hate to admit it! Perhaps even more so when traditional festivals like the Chinese New Year is celebrated. You’d find many young and old, scouring the web for lucky colors, career, and health outlook in the new year, which has also become a tradition of sorts by itself. But have you heard of lucky flowers for your Chinese zodiac?
Apart from the traditional Pussy Willows, Lucky Bamboos, and Mandarin Oranges and Plants to welcome lady luck into your home, each animal in the Chinese zodiac has a flower associated with it.
Lucky flowers based on your Chinese zodiac
Year of Birth: 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Those born in the year of the Rat are smart, resourceful and versatile and are their best flower match are the luscious Lilies and African Violets.
Year of Birth: 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
The diligent and strong Ox are hardworking individuals best paired with Tulips and Pink Blossoms.
Year of Birth: 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Brave, loyal and trusty Tigers have the eye-catching Anthuriums and Yellow Lily as their lucky flowers.
Year of Birth: 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Rabbits are generally likable, gentle, kind and patient and the best flowers for them are elegant Lilies, Jasmine and Snapdragons.
Year of Birth: 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
The dignified and honorable, those born in the year of the Dragon have Hyacinths and Bleeding Heart Vines as their flowers of choice.
Year of Birth: 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Full of energy and diligent, those born in the year of the Horse will usher in luck with Calla Lilies and Jasmine Flowers.
Year of Birth: 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Sometimes also known as Sheep or Ram, these gentle and hardworking individuals are associated with Carnations and Primroses.
Year of Birth: 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Plush and graceful Chrysanthemums, no matter the variety is associated with the innovative and sociable Monkey
Year of Birth: 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Raise and shine now! Independent and capable Roosters will attract lady luck to their doors with Gladiola and Cockscomb.
Year of Birth: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Last but not least, for the good-tempered and honest ones born in the year of the pig, they may find fortune with the precious Hydrangea and Daisies.
Whether it’s to keep with tradition or to welcome guests, one thing’s for sure, having fresh flowers or plants in any space is a great way to inject color and the Chinese New Year spirit, with minimal effort. Auspicious flowers and plants are great decorative items that are both pleasant to the eye and smells great as well.
On that note, may lady luck and the god of fortune shine upon you and your family this year! 恭喜发财, 财源广进! (Happy Chinese New Year and may fortune come rolling in!)