• (code: LE-37PQS)
  • Suggested retail price US$6.95
  • Happy Marriage 11.5x11.5, stitch count 155x140
    Auspiciousness 6x8.5, stitch count 58x105
    Prosperity size 6x8.5, stitch count 60x103
    for 14-count white Aida
  • A4 size color chart
  • Chart marked in distinctive symbols and clear instructions
  • Both DMC & Anchor color codes
  • Designed by Saifhon B.

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Chinese Blessing Dolls II (3 designs in one book)

Chinese Happy Marriage Blessing

The 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.

Chinese Blessing for Auspiciousness
Chinese Blessing for Prosperity

Prior 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 fortune.

  • Candied melon - growth and good health
  • Red melon seed - dyed red to symbolize joy, happiness, truth and sincerity
  • Lychee nut - strong family relationships
  • Cumquat - prosperity (gold)
  • Coconut - togetherness
  • Peanuts - long life
  • Longan - many good sons
  • Lotus seed - many children

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