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.
May you in the new year receive a lot of blessings
The auspicious festival is called “ever-spring”
Forever joy throughout spring and autumn
Perpetual increments of blessing and longevity
Sharing happiness in festivals
Forever happiness in the beginning of the new year
The Three suns initiate an era of prosperity
The Five Blessings arrive at the household
Always happy throughout the new year
Everything fulfills expectations
Everything looks fresh and gay
May the Country prosperous and the people enjoy peace
Congratulations and may you become wealthy
Wish you good luck when you go back to work (after the New Year Holidays)
Various styles over the years:
During 2015 Chinese New Year, Patrick’s mini-couplet was on display at the Art Gallery of NSW.
I wish to thank Professor P. Lam for his continued guidance and support.
2 thoughts on “Patrick Siu – Couplets for Chinese New Year 春貼 (春聯，揮春)”
Great thank you! Great to read these New Year Sayings.
Thank you for sharing the different types of aesthetically and pleasing Calligraphy and the history of the couplets. All the brushworks of the couplets are grandeur and excellent. It is a shame that I am not good in Chinese Calligraphy.