5 Pieces To Help Amp Up Those Chinese New Year 2021 Festivities
Xin nian hao!
Celebrated on February 12 this year, on the second new moon after the winter solstice on December 21, Chinese New Year is likely the most important date in the Chinese calendar. The festival, also known as Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, will see China, as well as spots with Chinese communities all around the world light up with firecrackers and fireworks. And there are so many other beloved moments and age-old practices that make Lunar New Year so special, including a scrumptious ‘reunion’ dinner with loved ones, decorations like lanterns, door couplets and paper cuttings, plus gifting young ones and retirees red envelopes with money in them. These various habits and traditions symbolise the renewal of a new year, the passing of an old year and the cultivation of good luck.
This year heralds the Year of the Ox. The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox signifies hard work, positivity and honesty. Whether you want to gift someone dear or treat yourself during the festivities, we’ve picked out top pieces that feature two important customary details that abound at Chinese New Year, gold and red. While the latter stands for luck, joy and happiness, New Year is one of busiest gold-buying occasions as it is representative of the supremacy of emperors throughout China’s history and has been a sign of good luck or fortune for millennia. Click through to see what we've picked put just for you...
With medallions that were used as symbols of protection and luck, the “Lucky Move” collection from Messika Paris alludes to good luck and prosperity This handmade diamond chain bracelet comes in yellow gold, and it reinvents the house’s now famous moving diamond.
The 2021 Chinese New Year capsule collection from Michael Kors features a luxe selection of the brand’s most-loved bags, including the “SoHo” shoulder bag. The piece, which can be used as a crossbody, comes in a new, special edition Red Tweed and features gold-tone hardware, chain-link strap and smooth black leather accents.
This year, Fabergé has introduced a new Ox edition to its set of Chinese New Year Heritage Surprise Lockets. The lockets each feature red guilloché enamel for luck and posterity and 15 round brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18-carat yellow gold. The signature egg-shaped locket opens with a gentle touch to reveal a Fabergé surprise, with the latest edition being a delicate 18-carat yellow gold Ox with dazzling diamond eyes.
This red scarf from Max Mara comes in zibeline-finish cashmere. The soft winter accessory that’s uber versatile and can be styled in many ways, is decorated with fringes at the ends and a matching embroidered M monogram logo.
The Red Tubéreuse scented candle from Diptyque is housed in a red hand-blown glass vessel. Available at MR PORTER.COM, it has a heady floral scent and is made of a blend of mineral waxes. Plus, it is designed to steady at the ideal melting temperature to unleash maximum potency.