Every year I made a Chinese New Year poster (well ok.. i started it last year) but Im making it a new tradition ;3
So here we go, for the new year, The Earth rat! I tried to incorporate as much symbolizers as I knew, I know traditionally the colours in Chinese are red for luck, but "Earth" didn't look right conveyed as such. The gourds tied to his tail are bottle gourds They are symbols of luck, It is thought that the gourd holds magic nectar which is consumed by many Buddhist deities. Sau, the Chinese god of longevity brandishes the gourd at the end of his staff, this is said to contain the elixir of immortality. The symbol in the background is a Shou, another symbol for longevity (often painted onto the dried gourds) and of course written in Chinese is "恭喜发财" (Happy New years) May the year of the Rat bring Prosperity to all!