Submitted by Kathleen Murphy, Residence Hall Director, New School University
Here’s a door decoration idea that for a new year and new semester with a multicultural twist. To go along with it I did bulletin boards on Chinese New Year, NYC events for the holiday, and the Chinese zodiac. All of the images for the door decorations came from this website http://www.chinapage.com/newyear.html and there is a ton of more great information there.
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, chun lian 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.
The first (called upper) line is posted on the right side of the front door.
The second (called lower) line is posted on the left side of the front door.
In addition, a third horizontal piece may be posted across and on top the door.
Typically, the Chun lian writes a happy, hopeful, uplifting message about a better New Year to come, like this one: