Friday, October 15, 2010
Fu to You
Thanks to a Facebook friend, the mystery of this symbol has been solved...
"This Character is pronounced "fu" in Chinese.
The character "fu" is posted by virtually all Chinese people on the doors of their homes during the Spring Festival (closely associated with the Chinese New Years).
One tradition from the Zhou Dynasty (beginning in 256 B.C.) holds that putting a fu symbol on your front door will keep the goddess of poverty away.
This character literally means good fortune, prosperity, blessed, happiness, and fulfillment."
What's really interesting is the person who deciphered the symbol happens to be named Fu too. Thanks to Pearl and Chris for their help.
Fu to you all! Readers, feel free to print up the picture and hang it in in your home. Now let the good fortune begin...