Blessing Dolls II (3 designs in one book)
Chinese Happy Marriage Blessing
ancient Chinese believed in destiny. At birth, so the legend goes,
the gods tie a red string around the ankles of the man and woman
who will one day be husband and wife. As the years pass, the string
gets shorter and shorter until the two are united. How do you
know that you've found your destiny? In China, the parents of
the groom wrote the bride's "eight characters"--her
year, month, day and hour of birth--on a sheet of paper and placed
it on the family altar. If after three days, nothing disastrous
happened in the family, such as an illness or a broken vase or
dish, the match was approved. The bride's family followed the
same rituals. If all went well, the festivities began.
Blessing for Auspiciousness
Blessing for Prosperity
to New Year's Day, Chinese families decorate their living rooms
with vases of pretty blossoms, platters of oranges & tangerines
and a candy tray with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit. On
walls and doors are poetic couplets, happy wishes written on red
paper. These messages sound better than the typical fortune cookie
messages. For instance, "May you enjoy continuous good health"
and "May the Star of Happiness, the Star of Wealth and the
Star of Longevity shine on you" are especially positive couplets.
Plants and Flowers: The Chinese
firmly believe that without flowers, there would be no formation
of any fruits. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance to have
flowers and floral decorations. Flowers are believed to be symbolic
of wealth and high positions in one's career. Lucky is the home
with a plant that blooms on New Year's Day, for that foretells
a year of prosperity.
Oranges and Tangerines: Tangerines
with leaves intact assure that one's relationship with the other
remains secure. For newlyweds, this represents the branching of
the couple into a family with many children. Oranges and tangerines
are symbols for abundant happiness.
Candy Tray: The candy tray
arranged in either a circle or octagon is called "The Tray
of Togetherness" and has a dazzling array of candy to start
the New Year sweetly. After taking several pieces of candy from
the tray, adults places a red envelope (lai see) on the center
compartment of the tray. Each item represents some kind of good