Sunday 25 January 2015

Help - How Do I Prepare My Stall For Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year is a significant event in the New Year calendar. But what do I need to do as a retailer to make my stall relevant for this event? How should I decorate my stall to show that I support the festivities of a significant proportion of the Australian population and the visitors that flock to our shores?

Preparing for Christmas was easy. My family traditions meant that I knew what was relevant - a bit of tinsel, plenty of red and green, and perhaps a Christmas tree or two. But what does one do for Chinese New Year. The QVM decorations will include a dragon and lanterns in the Food Court. Should I be hanging a few lanterns around my stall? What about some of those little red money envelopes?

What I need here is some cultural advice. I don’t want to go over the top with decorations and I certainly don’t want to offend anyone. All advice is most welcome - and please comment on Have Your Say so we can spread the advice to all traders. There would seem to be plenty of good reason to turn our market into a joyous expression of good will and celebration during Chinese New Year.