Nianhua (年畫) CNY paintings

(榴開百年)

For many centuries the Chinese people have decorated their homes during the Chinese New Year (CNY) with brightly-coloured pictures printed on paper by woodblock painting.  I have published 2 pages on nianhua about religious pictures and symbols of good luck.  Please have a look.  May I wish you a happy and prosperous Year of the Sheep!

Five Kinds of Happiness Fly Out of a Vase (瓶出五福)
Five Kinds of Happiness Fly Out of a Vase (瓶出五福)

 

子孫萬代
Sons and Grandsons – Ten Thousand Generations (子孫萬代)

 

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Year of the Sheep / Goat 羊年

Two goats bringing blessing
Two goats bringing blessing

 

Because of non-aggressive and docile nature, sheep and goats were the first animals that humans domesticated.

Characteristics of people born in the Year of the Sheep/Goat are usually kind, gentle and sociable. They have a special fondness for quiet living. They are wise, compassionate and highly caring for others.

For more information, please visit the page on the Year of the Sheep/Goat.

 

Couplets for Chinese New Year 春貼 (春聯, 揮春)

時和世泰, 人壽年豐。 (左 : 楷書,  ‧右: 隸書)
時和世泰, 人壽年豐。
(左 : 楷書, ‧右: 隸書)

 

Spring couplets (春聯 ) are usually seen on the sides of doors leading to people’s homes or as hanging scrolls in an interior. They used as a New Year’s decoration that expresses happy and hopeful thoughts for the coming year. They are usually written on red paper, the colour of happiness.

Originating from around 600 CE and flourishing during the last thousand year, spring couplets remain an enduring aspect of Chinese culture.  Please see more examples on my new page on couplets for Chinese New Year.

Single words :

福 (行書)
福 (行書)

 

Good Fortune
Good Fortune