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For December, 2013

Food is one of the best ways to better understand and appreciate a culture. Food also holds a special symbolic meaning in many cultures, and China is no exception. In the Chinese culture, food culture is believed to have a significant bearing on the progression of life. Hence, the Chinese are very particular about selecting food types for special occasions like CNY 2014.

One of the most significant foods that has Chinese New Year symbolic meaning or symbolize auspicious food in Chinese New Year is the Chun He, or the Tray of Togetherness. This CNY symbol is traditionally made up of eight compartments, arranged in a circular or octagonal shape, as the number 8 symbolizes good fortune. For this reason, it is sometimes called as ‘Ba Bao He’, ‘Ba Bao box’ or ‘Eight Treasures Box’.

Each compartment is completely filled with auspicious goodies of significance to the Chinese New Year season. Some common items are:

  • Candied Winter Melons  – signifies 甜甜蜜蜜 or  ‘a sweet and easy life’
  • Lotus Root – signifies  天成佳偶, ‘marital bliss’ or ‘match made in heaven’
  • Tangerine – signifies 吉祥如意 or ‘auspiciousness’
  • Shredded Coconut Pieces – signifies 永结同心 or ‘everlasting love’
  • Sweetened Ginger – signifies 万寿无疆 or ‘longevity’
  • Carrots – signifies 金银财宝or ‘wealth and precious jewels’
  • Lotus Seeds – signifies 连生贵子or ‘fertility’
  • Dried Red Dates – signifies 鸿运当头 or ‘good luck in every endeavour’
  • Water Chestnut – signifies 东城西就or ‘accomplishment in all activities’
  • Pineapple – signifies 飞黄腾达 or ‘great achievement in career or business’
  • Sweet Potato – signifies 黄金满桶 or ‘overflowing pot of gold’
  • Mandarin Orange – signifies 大吉大利 or ‘auspiciousness’
  • Dried Longans – signifies ‘many good sons’
  • Pistachio Nuts – signifies 开心果 or ‘happiness’
  • Red Melon Seeds – the red colour signifies ‘joy and happiness’

In modern times, sweets such as ‘Rabbit’ candy, chocolate coins or ingots are used to represent a sweet and joyful new year and the abundance of wealth during the spring festival.

Some of the traditional gift items that Qua offers in appreciation of CNY and the Chinese culture is the CNY Round Goodie Box, 6 Compartment Tidbits Box and the Chinese Wedding Box from the various collections. Look no further for a CNY Gift Premium or a Chinese New Year Hamper to give your CNY blessings. These are perfect as an auspicious gift of abundance for a friend or business associate! See below for images.

 

 

Looking for Chinese New Year gifts for family and relatives this upcoming Chinese New Year? Usher in the 2014 Year of the Horse with Qua’s Horse collection that incorporates characteristic elements of the Horse into our quality traditional CNY premiums. The Horse collection is ideal as Year of the Horse gifts for your close relatives during the upcoming CNY visiting. Alternatively, look to impress your guests with beautiful dining ware from Qua’s Horse collection that comprises of various table and CNY goodies accessories like trays, tissue boxes, coasters that would meet all your needs in preparing for the spring festival celebration. It is also ideal as gifts for senior clients and customers.

One unique product is the Winebox, which would definitely impress your guests as a present with its exquisite design and quality – an essential to a great time of merry-making and bonding with your family and loved ones.

Besides our Horse collection, our Just Colour collection is also equally well-received by customers who are looking for a more youthful vibe in CNY decoration of their homes. Qua is passionate about delivering exactly what customers want. The recent trend towards modernity in furniture and interior design has inspired Qua to produce the Just Colour collection – by combining the traditional method of producing lacquer ware with modern and trendy colours like hot pink, a marriage between tradition and contemporary is formed. The items in this collection are perfect as CNY gifts for the young at heart!

 

 

 

 

To welcome the year of horse, Qua has come up with a collection of CNY premiums wishing your gift receipient “a healthy year ahead like that of a dragon & horse”.

For a pdf product catalogue of our CNY items (including yet to launch CNY collections), do contact us at: enquiry@brexinternational.com.sg or 6246 1315.