In Chinese culture, there are many good luck symbols that are believed to bring wealth and abundance. Here is a list to help you know more about these symbols.
1. Auspicious numbers
There has always been a craze for getting lucky numbers for anything possible. It can be your car plate license, house number, mobile phone number or even identification number (just joking, I don’t think you can choose that)
How does these lucky numbers come about?
They are derived from the Chinese language with the similar pronunciation that represents different meaning:
8- Most popular and highly sought number that is widely known to represent wealth and prosperity
6- Business owners like to use this number for good luck
There are also combinations of numbers that people are crazy about. Some of the most popular are 888 (Huat Huat Huat – meaning continuous prosperity), 168 (smooth sailing life with abundance of wealth ) and many more.
There is also most dreaded number “4” that most Chinese believe it is the most unlucky number as it pronounced like “death”
What! How does this even link to good luck? Yes, it is!
The Chinese name for Napa cabbage sound like the words “hundred” and “wealth”, so it is believed to symbolise hundred of wealth. Because of this, the cabbage is often used as display to put in house or business space to attract wealth luck.
Here is how it look like (A Liu Li inspiration of the auspicious cabbage that symbolizes hundreds of wealth)
3. Lucky Bamboo
This lucky bamboo is one of the most popular Feng Shui cure and it is easy to grow and doesn’t require a lot of sunlight. It can be used both at home or in your office. The number of bamboo stalks is also important and represents different meanings.
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4. The Auspicious Chinese Character “福/Fu”
This is one of the most widely seen and well-liked characters in the Chinese culture as it symbolises good fortune or luck.
Fu is commonly seen in painting decoration, pots, poster, lantern and other ornament.
During the period of Chinese New Year, this Chinese good luck symbol is especially widely seen in each household and it most case, it is deliberately hung upside down. Why? It is because the Chinese word “Dao” sound like “arrive” in tone, so it simply means “Good fortune is arriving”
5. Anything red in Color
Red is deeply rooted in the Chinese culture as an auspicious color. It represents happiness, wealth, prosperity, and good luck. You can see it in most of the important events of the Chinese, for example, traditional Chinese wedding with all dress and decor red, double happiness symbol, red packet, Chinese festival couplets and many more.
But do not wear red to a funeral as it is deemed as disrespect to the deceased.
6. Laughing Buddha
In the Chinese culture, Laughing Buddha, also known as the Buddha of Happiness, is one of the most commonly seen Feng Shui ornaments. This figurine is a symbol of happiness and believed to enhance many aspirations such as wealth, health, career and descendent luck.
It comes in many designs, such as children all over the Buddha, sitting on treasure, carrying a wealth bag, and many more. Each has different meanings behind them.
7. Lucky Fortune Cat
This good luck symbol originated from Japan (they are known as Maneki-Neko), but has been increasingly grown their popularity with the Chinese. You can often see it at the retail shop cashier with its hand waving to you or near the main entrance at home. It is believed to bring wealth luck into the household and business.
8. Fish Symbol
Fish are usually used as the symbol of wealth and abundance. It is because of the Chinese pronunciation “Yu” that means surplus.
The fish symbol is closely associated with one wishing for more in the areas of good luck, good fortune, longevity, children, etc.
Do you have any of these Chinese good luck symbols at home or in your office to invite good luck?
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