The Lin Family Garden – Bizarre Window (I)

There are many bizarre windows in the Lin Family Garden. Want to see them?

The shape of this window is a bat, blessing good fortunes and luck.

This is too!

A bat in Chinese is a “Bian-Fu(蝙蝠)”, two characters, and the character “Fu” sounds exactly the same as the word for luck (“福” in Chinese). That is why the Chinese consider it a blessing of good fortunes and luck. (See more Bain Fu)

The shape of this window is a butterfly, blessing good fortunes and luck, too.

This is too!

A butterfly in Chinese is a “Hu-Die(蝴蝶)”, also two characters, and the character “Hu” sounds quite similar to the word for luck (“福” in Chinese). That is why the Chinese also consider it a blessing of good fortunes and luck.

The shape of this window is an orange, blessing good fortunes.

An orange in Chinese is a “Jyu(橘)”, one character, which sounds quite similar to the word for good fortunes (“吉” in Chinese). That is why the Chinese consider it a blessing of good fortunes.

The shape of this window is a peach, blessing longevity in Chinese culture.

In Chinese mythology, peaches are precious gifts for immortals. Eating them ccould prolong one’s life. (See more Peaches of immortality)

The shape of this window is a pomegranate, blessing to have many descendants in Chinese culture.

The shape of this window is a pumpkin, blessing to get rich and have many descendants in Chinese culture.

Why do both pomegranates and pumpkins symbolize having many descendants in Chinese culture?

  1. Their shells are hard.
  2. Both contain many seeds.
  3. Both are delicious.

The colors of the two fruits are red and yellow, representing joy in Chinese culture. Also, they both contain many seeds, so they have become a symbol of blessing to having many descendants.

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