April 11, 2018

For a country with centuries of history and cultural prosperity like China, symbolism undoubtedly holds a high position in the spiritual lives of people across Asia and around the globe. Among the vast meanings of symbols, perhaps fortune and good luck matter a lot to many people.

So here you are: The best of Chinese Lucky Symbols.

The Three Stars: Fu Lu Shou

One of the most common symbolisms in the East is Fu Lu Shou. They are the three deities in heaven, each representing Happiness, Prosperity, and Longevity.

  • Fu (福) means good luck, fortune, blessings and happiness. 
  • Lu (禄) means good wishes, prosperity and career success.
  • Finally, Shou (寿) means a long life.

Although Fu Lu Shou has its root from Chinese culture, it has become universal as its meaning resonates with most people's wish: a long life filled with happiness and money.

A Lu Charm Bracelet

Numbers: 6, 8 ,9

The most fortunate numbers in Chinese beliefs are 6, 8, 9 due to their pronunciation associated with other meanings.

Number Six, pronounced as 'Liu', conveys indirectly its homophony's meaning – Do everything smoothly.

Number Eight has always been the most favored number in China. Its pronunciation - 'Ba' - is similar to the word 'Fa' (wealth and fortune).

A Gorgeous Bracelet made from Eight Strands

Likewise, number Nine pronounced as 'Jiu' means everlasting, longevity and eternity.

Colors: Red & Yellow

Red is also the national color representing happiness, beauty, vitality, good luck, success and good fortune. It is widely used during festivals and important events like weddings. A red rope is also able to bring luck and protection to its owner.

One of our best seller is this simple lucky red rope

Yellow is an imperial color representing power, royalty and prosperity in traditional Chinese color symbolism. These days, clothing and objects that are yellow in color still resemble a higher social status.

Brighten your days with this yellow/golden bracelet

Bell

Bells (钟 - zhōng) play a vital role in Chinese culture, religion and the way of life. In Buddhism, the sound of the bells conveys the feeling of sublimity, benevolence and auspices.

Bell is also a sign of luck, as its pronunciation zhōng means ‘succeed or win’.

A red knot bracelet with a silver bell

Coin

The coin (钱 - qián) is often carried as a lucky charm symbolizing wealth and prosperity for Easterners.

The homophone 迁 qiān means ‘promote; advance’ so it can also represent a wish for advancement - a successful and satisfying career.

A Multi Coin Lucky Red Rope

Cloud

Sounding the same as 运 yùn ‘luck, fortune, fate’, couds are considered lucky and so feature heavily in Chinese pictures and symbolism. Being a fusion of the elements of water and air, sky and earth, clouds are considered the union of yin and yang.

This bracelet with a shining silver cloud 


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