The Chinese character Fu stands for good luck, good fortune, and blessing. Sometimes it also means happiness. It is most popularly used during the Chinese New Year celebrations, hung upside down on the entrances of many Chinese homes.

Hung this way, the character Fu literally means “good luck arrives” because the words “upside down” and “to arrive” are almost perfectly homophonous or “they sound the same” in nearly all forms of Chinese. Hanging the symbol upside down, therefore, has come to mean the household’s wish for good luck, happiness, and prosperity in the coming New Year.

The character Fu itself is a homophone for “bat”, and good fortune is sometimes represented in Chinese textile or ceramic art as 100 flying bats.

Chinese Fu

 

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