Happy Year of the Dragon!

Welcome to our first ever Holiday House blog post!

We’re kicking off with Chinese New Year (January 23rd), which is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays and marks the end of winter (apparently New York City missed that memo!).

Everything associated with the Chinese New Year should represent good fortune, and the tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.

2012 is the year of the Dragon, which represents luck. At Holiday House 2011, designer Inson Wood’s Chinese New Year room featured a sculpted Great Dragon from Lladr√≥’s High Porcelain collection.

Inson’s room also featured lots of red, the predominant color of the holiday, and an emblem of joy, virtue, truth and sincerity. During celebrations, it is customary to wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children lucky money in red envelopes.

Inson painted the room’s walls with Benjamin Moore‘s “Moroccan Red” #1309, and as is custom on the holiday, the room’s doors and windows were also painted red for luck.

Photos by Peter Rymwid.

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