Fill your days with good luck and wellness this Chinese New Year, and see the incredible artwork of Robert Park, “Prosperity.” The Chinese New Year is embedded in celebration of spring-like Easter, rendering New Year as the start of preparations for a new growing season. A year of prosperity, joy and good health are some of the things many people hope for the year to come.
Chinese New Year History
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Numerous historical and mythical legends are associated with Chinese New Year, but what many didn’t know is that it started out of fear.
The centuries-old legend about the origins of celebration New Year includes a story of a terrible lion-like mythical creature named Nian, which is the Chinese word for a year. An old wise man advised the villagers to ward off the evil monster, who preyed on their animals and properties by using the color red. Nian feared the color red, so the old man advised villagers to make loud noises using firecrackers and drums, as well as to hang red paper scrolls and cutouts on their doors. And thus, Nian was conquered. The Chinese observe the passing of Nian on the anniversary of the date, which is synonymous with New Year Celebration.
As Chinese people are agrarian people, the origins of renaming Chinese New Year to Spring Festival is fascinating. The whole purpose of maintaining the calendar was required to keep track of the facilitation of the agriculture. It can be assumed quite correctly that the first calendar in China was put together to benefit the agriculture production. The dates do change every year based on the lunar calendar. After the winter solstice, Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon.
A Prosperity Tree is believed to attract wealth bringing good luck to those who have it. The tree tends to be symbolic with branches, that are indicative of the five elements of Feng shui: wood, water, fire, earth and metal. Balance is an important aspect of Feng shui, and like it suggests, “Prosperity” helps in maintaining that in a given space.
The old Maple Tree in Robert Park’s artwork tells its story of survival and proud standing moving through twists and turns of nature. Thus, making this landscape photograph, a great gift this Chinese New Year 2017.
If you’d like to explore more of Robert Park’s artwork, visit the MARTIN Gallery of Fine Art in Carmel, Indiana or simply browse the website. There are much more must-see fine art pieces from world renowned artists.
May you have a happy and prosperous new year!