On January 25th the Chinese celebrated their New Year, the year of the Rat. Everyone wishes a new year filled with good luck.
But then... The Corona-virus happened and the Chinese new year started off really badly! Where this time of year is normally about travelling and exploring new cultures with friends and family, the focus is on fighting the dispersion of the virus instead. This also has implications for European companies, as there will be less Chinese tourists to get acquainted with. Such bad luck for all!
In this guide we will reveal the top 10 Chinese secrets to attract better luck to your business and life.
1. Laughing Buddha
While most people believe success makes them happy, research shows that it is actually happiness that attracts success first. A happier person is more likely to win over clients, get evaluated positively by colleagues and achieve higher financial returns.
So why not learn from the Laughing Buddha and adopt his happy mindset? Nothing bothers him, as he laughs away all worries. Place a Laughing Buddha figurine in the office or at home to radiate the happy vibes.
2. A Painting with Flowing Water
Water has spiritual meanings in Chinese beliefs. When something gets stagnant, it is often referred to as “a pool of dead water”. Therefore, it is crucial to get the water flowing, as it represents a continuous inflow of positive changes and energy in work and life.
So install a painting that depicts waterfalls, fountains or rivers and enjoy the flow in the new year.
3. Wind Chime
Wind chime is a symbol of free spirits and lively energy. Moreover, a wind chime near the window or gate brings sound vibrations, which “activates” the space.
According to Fengshui, wind chime also chases away the bad energy and clears the space for good energy. A bamboo wind chime works wonders.
4. Good Fortune Fruits
Certain fruits are eaten during the Chinese New Year, such as tangerines, oranges and pomeloes. They are favored as they are particularly round and "golden" in color, symbolizingfullness and wealth.
Their sound is lucky too. The Chinese for orange is chéng, which sounds the same as the Chinese for success.
5. Rice Cakes
With a tradition of over 3000 years, rice cake (niaogao in Chinese) is made from sticky rice and has a soft taste. There are many ways to enjoy rice cakes, such as steamed rice cakes wrapped with lotus leaves and stir-fried rice cakes with meat, vegetables and even crab.
More importantly, nian is year and gao means higher. Who doesn’t aspire to achieve higher goals and reach new heights in the new year?
6. A Whole Fish
In Chinese, fish (Yú) sounds like surplus. Chinese believe if they have managed to have a surplus at the end of the year, then they can make more in the next year.
This fish dish shall keep the head and tail. The head should be placed toward distinguished guests or the elders, representing respect. The two persons who face the head and tail could drink together to celebrate a prosperous year.
7. Spring Rolls
Spring rolls get the name because they are traditionally eaten during the Spring Festival. Since spring rolls are always filled with vegetables, pork, shrimp or other delicious ingredients, they symbolize a year filled with happiness and prosperity.
8. A Tray of Sweet Snacks
When guests come, the host often takes out a tray full of snacks, including pecan nuts, hazelnuts, chestnuts, almonds, apricots and sweets. All these symbolize “abundant happiness”. The tray must be round or rectangular, and it is called “the tray of togetherness”.
With a history of more than 1800 years, dumplings are a classic dish on Chinese New Year's Eve. Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during the New Year celebrations, the more money you can make in the New Year.
Dumplings generally consist of minced meat and finely-chopped vegetables, all wrapped in a thin and elastic dough skin. Popular fillings include pork, shrimp, fish, egg and cabbages. Sauerkraut dumpling is not favored, because it implies a difficult and “sour” future.
Interestingly, dumplings should be arranged in lines instead of circles, because circles mean one's life will go round in circles, never going anywhere.
10. A WeChat Mini Program
Surprisingly, a WeChat mini program may bring good luck to your business. It is a mini store on China’s most popular social platform, making your products and services accessible to over 1 billion Chinese customers on WeChat.
WeGoEU offers a powerful tool for you to design, create and manage WeChat mini programs without any hassle. No coding is required to build a mini program that fits your brand style. You may also get advice on how to promote the mini program and grow the business.
More information can be found here.