About the pot of flower Yixing mentioned in his Weibo today:
“My first time on the Spring Festival Gala
I’ve never seen such a large spectacle
I was afraid to take out my phone so I stealthily took a photo of the pot of flower
In the past, I always watched this pot of flower from home
The dream that I had for tens plus some years, was fulfilled satisfactorily today…”
The flower Yixing mentioned is a type of Narcissus called the Chinese sacred lily. It’s a type flower you associate with Chinese new year as it blooms in the winter and that it symbolizes yearning and reunion. Chinese new year is basically the largest annual human migration, as so many people try to go back home so they can be reunited with their family. A lot people in China (on average of 700 million according to wiki) have the tradition of sitting down with their family to watch the Spring Festival Gala on CCTV.
I also remember seeing those little pots of flower on the television screen…on the important people’s tables near the very front of the stage. I’m glad he got to sit at a VIP table and also got to sneak a photo or two but most importantly, I’m happy that he got to check another dream off of his list.