I made some Chinese New Year cards early this year. The main colour is, of course, red.
For Chinese, red is the symbol of fortune and prosperity. Older people prefer red more than the youngsters. During the Chinese New Year, red is the only colour.
Always red. If you try to be cool or being different by wearing black or white during the Chinese New Year, you’ll get told off by your mum.
I later asked my son to write 福 （fú) –Happiness — on small cards, and attached them onto the cards. The cards instantly looked more stunning. I’m so proud of Ben.
If you only ever learn ONE Chinese word in your life, then this is the word to learn: 福 （fú) –Happiness. Why?
Because 福 （fú) — means happiness, being blessed, fortune, luck. It is simply a word of joy. It is a useful word for you to learn.
The word 福 is also easy to remember too. The part on the left means ‘God’ or worship; the part on the right means ‘a plot of land’. Don’t you think the image of 田 looks exactly like a plot of land?
If you follow this link to Yellow Bridge website, you will see a lovely animation of this word 福 (fú). It is really not that difficult to write. It contains only 13 strokes.
Why not try writing this word yourself today?
p/s: The lovely stamp set I used was Easter Blossoms. I used this because the cherry blossoms image looked like Plum Blossom, which is the most cherished plant by the Chinese as it symbolises strength and resilience.
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