Mandarin oranges and pineapples usually take centrestage during Chinese New Year, but according to feng shui researcher and consultant Kenny Hoo, apples are just as lucky.
According to Hoo, in the year of the Rat, red and shiny apples would be the ideal fruit to bring in health, peace and harmony to ones surroundings.
“They are known to have strong fire element, auspicious, good to eat as well as a mediator for good business and health,” said Hoo who spoke on how to usher in the Lunar New Year with Washington Apples recently.
“Red is a common welcome colour as it is said to be very lucky. The Chinese believe that the colour would be able to ward off evil,” said Hoo.
Hoo said that placing a plate of fresh apples in the centre of one’s home, either on the coffee table or the dining table would help to dispel the negative ‘chi’ or energy that brings about arguments and disagreements among family members.
The many types of apples available in the market serve different purposes but in feng shui all varieties are believed to be good for this year.
Hoo also said that besides roses for Valentines Day this year, for a difference one could give away apples too.
When asked about serving the fruit as part of a dish on Chinese New Year day, Hoo said it would definitely be a healthy way to start the year as apples are known for its nutritious values.