It's the year of the pig. Here at Eames.com, we wanted to dedicate this weekly blog post to the festive celebration of Chinese New Year.
We've been uploading technical based blog posts recently and so we thought a changeup would be refreshing.
In Chinese culture, it's one of the most important times of the year. There are many traditions for this time of the year and one of them is that the celebration lasts for 15 days.
These days are used to spend time with family, friends and loved ones and eating traditional foods. The Chinese have a very different calendar in comparison to the Gregorian calendar.
This is because sometimes the number of months can change, from 12 months 13 months. This is due to the Chinese New Year either being in January or February depending on what year it is.
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year is celebrated by over 1.5 billion people per year! This just goes to show how big the culture and tradition really is.
One of the biggest aspects of the Chinese New Year is that no matter where in the world you are, over the years the tradition has remained authentic.
In today's fast pace society, authenticity is hard to hold on to, whether that be in tradition, information on occurrences in history, or even in the innovation of classic pieces that were built with meaning.
The Chinese have set a great example in holding on to the authenticity of the celebration.
One word that marks The Lunar New Year is ‘Luck'. A lot of what happens throughout the festive period is related back to luck, and getting good luck in the new year.
An example of this is the dragon dances that are thought to bring good luck to the community that participates in it. This is because Dragons are known to bring good luck according to tradition. Lucky money envelopes which are the color Red, which is also supposed to bring luck.
The lanterns that are used at the end of the festivals are of course red. These lanterns are hung up which symbolizes people letting go of their past and often, people would buy a new lantern that they will hang up in the next which will resemble good fortune and prosperity.
But if you look more in detail, a common aspect of the festival is the color ‘Red'. Here at Eames.com, this is one of our favorite colors due to it's adaptability to a number of Eames pieces.
A number of pieces that looks great in Red are the Red 2010s Herman Miller Eames LCW, the Red 2014 Herman Miller Eames DAW & PAW Dowel Arm Chair or even the Red 2007 Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Lounge Chair.
All of those chairs look great in the color red and would stand out in any household.