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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

.: And So The Chinese Says.... :.

The Chinese culture is ultra-rich with symbolism. Certain flowering plants and trees, specific animals and mythological beasts, the four seasons, legendary gods and goddesses, fruits and food, indeed, it seems that every action and every sound has its own special symbolic meaning to the Chinese people.


5 Bat (Chinese fuk - wu fuk) - wealth, health, longevity, virtuous life and natural death
5 kind of Seeds - prosperity, growth and perpetuation of the family
Apple - 'Ping' sound like the word for peace. Always associated with peace and harmony
Bamboo - longevity and good health
Celery (kai choi) - deligence
Charcoal - a happy post martial life for the bride
Chicken - form part of the symbolism of the dragon and phoenix in Chinese Wedding as it symbolize a good marriage and the coming together of families
Chinese Garlic Chives - eternity
Clogs - career advancement
Duck - represent fedility in Chinese culture
Eggs - symbolize fertility (after a baby is born, parent will pass out hard boiled eggs to announce the birth; the number of eggs presented depends on the sex of the child; an even number for a girl and an odd number for a boy)
Fish (yu) - sounds like the word for riches and abundance and it is believed that eating fish will help your wishes come true in the year to come.
Garlic - new opportunities coming your way. Sound similar to "counting lots of money"
Grapes - plenty of good things to come and bring success in the near future. It helps to turn bad luck into good luck. More fertility and good infant luck
Honey Dates - intimate love
Leaf Lettuce or endive (sang choi) - vitality
Lime - 'Kat' sound like prosperity
Lotus - 'Lian Hua' in Chinese is a universal symbol of purity and enlightenment. Symbolizes good fortune secured through generations
Lotus Roots (lin ngau) with roots intact and plenty of tubercles - the prosperous offspring desired by the couple as well as longevity of both the couple and their family
Lotus Seeds - blessing with many sons
Multi descendant doll - a prosperous offspring
Noodles - symbol longevity
Oyster (ho shi) - means "good things"
'Pak Hap' - perfect harmony for a hundred years
Peanut - sound like growth. Life pursuits to grow and prosper
Peony (mou tan) - flower of riches and honor, love and affection, feminine beauty and amorous feeling of youth
Pineapple - luck coming your way. Excellent wealth, fortune and prosperity
Pomelo - an ancestor of the grapefruit signifies abundance, as the Chinese word sounds like "to have"
Pumpkin - abundance, prosperity and good descendant luck
Red Cloth - good luck
Sandals - the newly weds clothing
Shrimp (ha) - sound like someone laughing; for happiness and well being
Some Grains - sufficient food
Spring Onion - intelligence
Sticky Rice Cake (nian gao) - sound the same as high. Meaning of attaining greater prosperity and ranking in position
Tong Yuen - a perfect communal relationship
Winter Bamboo Shoots - a symbol of wealth

Copy from : http://cadeausouvenirs.blogspot.com/

1 comment:

James said...

there goes the chinese saying haha

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