Welcoming the Year of the Goat – Chinese New Year Decorations [A Photo Essay]

This Sign Stands Outside of a 'Game' Place in Taichung
This Sign Stands Outside of a ‘Game’ Place in Taichung

The Year of the Goat - Chinese New Year Decor [A Photo Essay]
The Year of the Goat – Chinese New Year Decor [A Photo Essay]
It is that time of the year again! Taiwan is a buzz with activity. Chinese New Year is a mere few days away and the atmosphere at the local markets is electrifying. The colors of gold and red can be seen everywhere, signaling that preparations are in full swing for this major festive holiday.

Last year, I got real festive on the blog. I shared a story about receiving my very first red envelope. I wrote a post about the common Chinese New Year customs and traditions in Taiwan. I also explored the legend of the Nian Monster and how it is associated with the Lunar New Year.  I discussed the lengths my mother-in-law goes to accommodate the daughter-in laws.

Here are a collection of photos that I have taken over the last week or two of the decorations popping up around town. Hope you enjoy!

This Restaurant is Ready to Welcome the New Lunar Year
This Restaurant is Ready to Welcome the New Lunar Year
Spring is Coming!
Spring is Coming!
Spring Couplets on Sale [taken with a smartphone]
Spring Couplets on Sale [taken with a smartphone]
Red Lantern with Hints of Gold
Red Lantern with Hints of Gold
Red and Gold Galore
Red and Gold Galore
Perfectly shaped candles for the Lunar New Year!
Perfectly shaped candles for the Lunar New Year!
Perfect Afternoon Lighting - I love how the sun shines on the lanterns
Perfect Afternoon Lighting – I love how the sun shines on the lanterns
KFC is getting in on the action, too!
KFC is getting in on the action, too!
Hung Yi is Making an Appearance again in Taichung
Hung Yi’s Art is Making an Appearance again in Taichung

**For More Hung Yi art, click here!

Happy New Year
Happy New Year!
Dishes at Ikea - I bought two small ones!
Dishes at Ikea – I bought two small ones!
Calligraphy Writing
Calligraphy Writing
Balloon Display in Taichung - A Goat Made out of Balloons and the Chinese Character for Spring
Balloon Display in Taichung – A Goat Made out of Balloons and the Chinese Character for Spring
A Potential Gift for Chinese New Year
A Potential Gift for Chinese New Year
A Balloon Sheep - Wecloming the Year of the Sheep [or Goat - whichever you prefer]
A Balloon Sheep – Welcoming the Year of the Sheep [or Goat – whichever you prefer]
A Balloon Nian Monster
A Balloon Nian Monster

Happy Lunar New Year, everyone! Gongxi Fa Cai! Happy Year of the Goat!

Which photo is your favorite?

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34 thoughts on “Welcoming the Year of the Goat – Chinese New Year Decorations [A Photo Essay]

  1. While I don’t celebrate Chinese New Year, there is always something of excitement and happiness I feel when reading about it. I think it is the beautiful colors and atmosphere that make this holiday a world wide celebration. Thanks for sharing more about it. 🙂

  2. Xin nian kuai le! Wan shi ru yi! I can imagine you are quite busy at this time of the year, do you do spring cleaning too? My office is full of goodies and my colleagues keep offering them to me tk eat…haha…
    my year is the ox but goat seems quite gentle this year, the decorations here make it look more like a sheep..haha…😄

    1. Yes, spring cleaning is among the many things Taiwanese do to welcome the new year – you can see people balancing brooms and mops and buckets on their scooters. It is often referred to as the sheep, goat, and ram but I always refer to it as the year of the goat! 🙂

  3. Happy Lunar New Year! Love all the lanterns and reds with gold, so pretty! I may have to hit up Chinatown when I go south Kanagawa tomorrow… Will see if I have time. 🙂

    Love the candles, too! Though I’m quite sure I’d never be able to use them, too cute! ^^

      1. I didn’t unfortunately! I caught a cold (plus the weather was pretty awful until Thursday) so I had to take a rain check. :/ Will be seeing if they still have events on next week though!

  4. I loved the first one most. When you say the restaurant is ready to welcome the new lunar year, it is actually the restaurant being ready to usher fortune (you, the customers) into their premises! 😀 😀

  5. Wow those are some great decorations! Thanks for sharing them with us. It seems in Taiwan they get a little more excited about decorations than the mainland. Are you doing anything special for the holiday? For once we are not, as we’re unable to go back to my husband’s home. But we will enjoy a leisurely holiday here near Shanghai instead. Sometimes it is nice to avoid the rush.

    1. All of my husband’s family came to our house and we had a huge feast together on CNY’s Eve. My mother-in-law spent half the day cooking and there was so much food.

      It is nice to have some time to relax. That is exactly what I am doing today. It seemed like I was very busy all week and in need of some R&R!

    1. Yes, they are beautiful! I especially love the calligraphy one because we just happened to stumble upon him while walking around on my birthday. He would use your name to write a poem [for free]. The poem he wrote with my Chinese name contained the words ‘Wealthy, Happy, and Beautiful’ and he wrote ‘Happy Birthday’ in English.

  6. We were just discussing at work yesterday whether it was the year of the goat or the ram, guess you should know living out there, goat it is! Looks like such a colourful celebration, would love to experience it one day.

    1. Yes, it seems that nearly all the signage in Taiwan refers to it as the ‘Year of the Goat’ but I have also referred to it as sheep or ram. Today is the fifth day of the new lunar year so you can hear firecrackers everywhere this morning as businesses reopened their doors! I hope you get to experience it someday as well! 🙂

  7. Great and colofur collection, I like red, it looks so good on photos 😀 I hope to celebrate one of the chinese new years in the future!

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