Fú! (Good Luck)

The “fu” (luck) symbol is often posted upside down, mostly in shop and restaurant windows. In Chinese the “reversed fu” is homophonic with “fu dao le”, meaning “fu arrived”. It’s the only Chinese character they’d put upside down and it’s a play on words (which habit is actually so popular in Chinese jokes, comedies and everyday conversations) and it implies “good fortune has arrived”. Thus, the paper squares represent the “arrival” of spring and the “coming” of prosperous year.

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