Fortune, Wealth, Longevity, Happiness (four
Chinese goals in life)
forever wish for perfection and fortune. For those living in the
East, fu lu shou xi (fortune, wealth, longevity, happiness)
are their eternal wishes. The themes of these wishes vary from sincere
expectation to boundless imagination. Stories and myths include
subjects such as flowers, birds, and fishes, all of which are ingredients
of rich and interesting auspicious designs and tales of happy occasions
to say them. Believe in their power. The oriental Chinese inspirations
have woven so many blessings to share with you.
Chinese people use auspicious words and designs, and present gifts
symbolizing good fortune in their daily lives. The practice stems
from the concept of accruing good fortune in one's life. Fu
(fortune) refers to a wide variety of happy occasions and auspicious
events. Things that relate to wealth and good luck, well wishes
for the family and offspring, Chinese dragon and lion dances, as
well as holiday celebrations, all pertain to accruing fu
Lu refers to holding a rewarding public office, which connotes wealth.
As an old saying goes, "In books are found houses constructed with
golden bricks and girls with jade-like complexions." In ancient
China, scholars pursued wealth and fame in imperial offices by passing
imperial examinations. Holding an official position meant possessing
a source of unlimited wealth and fame. Lu has a homophonic
character lu, or deer, considered an auspicious animal
by Chinese. The peony is also used to symbolize affluence and personal
Chinese people consider health and longevity to be the ultimate
blessings of an ideal life. The olden wishes of "longevity of ten
thousand years" for the emperors and the "life as far stretched
as the heavens" for the common people were perfect manifestations
of yearnings for long life. Using subjects in either the natural
or supernatural world that have traditional symbolisms, Chinese
people create a multitude of colorful concepts on longevity and
"A good rain after a long drought, meeting an old acquaintance in
a foreign land, the wedding night, passing the imperial examination."
This is the Poem of the Four Happiness popular in ancient China.
Obviously, xi (happiness) encompasses different things
for the Chinese people. Joyful occasions and auspicious events are
all referred to as xi. In general, however, xi
is more commonly used in weddings, which is the beginning of procreation.