Red diamond-shaped banners with the character 福 (pinyin: fú), or “auspiciousness” are often displayed in Chinese households around the time of the Chinese New Year. The sign is usually hung upside down, since the Chinese word for “upside down” (倒 (pinyin: dăo)) sounds similar to “arrive” (到 (pinyin: dào)) It’s supposed to symbolize the arrival of luck or happiness.
Bring it on, Year of the Fire Pig!
Cover design by Elling Lien. Thanks to local artist Ya-Ling Huang for her suggestions and advice.