What is Chinese Chun Lian (New Year's Couplet)?
Chun lian is a special type of Duilian, or couplet. It is used only during the Chinese New Year as part of its celebration. While duilian is permanent, chunlian is a temporary decoration to be placed on the entrance of the house, somewhat akin to Halloween and Christmas decorations.Duilian comprises of a couplet written on vertical strips of red paper in the best calligraphic style one can muster.
Top (Horizontal across) : Whole Earth Returns Spring
Left (Vertical) line : winter gone mountain clear water sparkles
Right (Vertical) line: Spring comes bird sings flower fragrantNote that word for word, the upper and lower lines are antithetical, yet the meanings are complementary and content of the message is hopeful and uplifting. The words in the horizontal are written from left to right. More about chun lian | Home