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Jakarta Post

Every ornament has a meaning in the Chinese New Year

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 12 2010   /  12:10 pm

To calm the soul: A lady takes a closer look at a lantern at Glodok shopping hub in West Jakarta. Each accessories related to Imlek or Chinese New Year carries symbolic meaning, with lanterns believed to bring calmness and happiness. JP/P.J. LeoThe older the ethnic group, the richer the heritage it leaves behind for a new generation.  

The 5,000-year-old Chinese civilization is just one example.

It has plenty of symbols, many of which are coloring the town red and gold as Imlek, or Chinese New Year approaches.

The merchandize has seen crowds flocking to Glodok’s shopping hub in West Jakarta.

Both seasonal vendors and shops are selling essential items such as ang pao, tiny red envelopes to hold money, lanterns in various shapes and colors and lots of firecrackers.  

“Ang pao envelopes are the most sought-after item,” said seasonal sel...