Colours for prosperity, longevity and wealth


  • Nation
  • Friday, 1 Feb 2019

Red represents boldness, prosperity and luck.

Red represents boldness, prosperity and luck.

WITH the Lunar New Year just around the corner, preparing for the festivities would have amped up for those who are celebrating. And for those who celebrate, the power of colour plays intensely as each hue holds great cultural significance.

Tied to the colours are the corresponding elements that make up the world. In Chinese culture, there are five elemental correspondences: fire, water, earth, wood and metal – a bit different from the Western perspective of fire, water, earth and air. Each element then has its corresponding colour.

You can even coordinate your home and make it extra special with an Osim uDiva 2 Smart Sofa that comes with colours that not only fits the interior of your home, but to also empower those spaces with elements through the coordination of the uDiva 2's five different colours.

Red is naturally attributed to fire, which represents heat in all its positive senses. This element is appropriate for Summer with all its warmth and considered a time of growth for plants and animals, especially crops and livestock.

For that, red has come to signify luck and prosperity, both blessings that are needed for successful growth, achievement and overall joy. It is also considered a bold colour and an effective ward off evil spirits and elements – as how fire burns away all bad things while attracting good and boosting luck.

Green is attributed to Spring and births of all things positive and new. It usually depicts the element of wood and signifies healing, cleanliness, longevity or immortality and calmness, even harmony. That is also the reason jade is worn close to the skin as jewellery – just to imbue the wearer with better health, longevity and harmony.

Yellow is the colour correspondence of the earth, perhaps due to the rich yellow ochre that develops while tilling the earth. For that, and perhaps due to the recognition that the earth provides nutrients for a good crop, yellow came to depict wealth. It is also the colour of royalty and with that concept, the idea of being the centre of the world, even the universe.

The orange colour and fruit itself is called kum or gold in Cantonese. For that, the colour is commonly representative of prosperity in Chinese New Year as well as the sense of abundance. Orange also has the significance of representing strength, change and perpetuity. It can also indicate adaptability, spontaneity and focus.

Being in the pink of health is certainly desirable and this must come from the lovely pink glow that a healthy person has on the cheeks. The modern Chinese nowadays consider the colour pink a colour of love and loveliness.

All these colours are featured on the Osim uDiva 2 Smart Sofa, a smart massage sofa that fits into your lifestyle and your home and encompasses all the unique qualities from each colour. This makes it a versatile set anywhere in your home.

As a sofa, it not only provides instant relaxation, but the backrest is adjustable into upright or reclining modes. It has a hybrid-powerball massage technology that targets the head and shoulders, upper back and the lumbar, while the footrest transform between sofa, leg massage and ottoman modes, where it uses a hyper-power foot massage technology.

The Osim uDiva 2 Smart Sofa also has six automatic professional massage programmes and seven manual ones for customised, continual enjoyment.

The Osim uDiva 2 Smart Sofa can now be owned by just trading in any single-seater sofa for a 36-month instalment plan at RM186 per month. The plan is priced RM214 per month without the single sofa trade-in.