Monday, February 15, 2010
Upside-Down Fortune (Chinese New Year)
Happy Chinese New Year! A red paper lantern bears the character 福 (fu = "good luck, fortune") upside-down. This is a common practice in Chinese restaurants and storefronts around the start of the lunar new year, as "fu dao le" (meaning "fu is upside-down") sounds like 福到了 (fu dao le = "luck/fortune has arrived").
For a (rather unfortunate) 福-related image in Chinatown, see this posting.