|Fu, Good Fortune or Happiness and sometimes translated as blessing or luck represents a constellation of felicitous elements. Fu signifies etymologically the bestowal and receipt of divine favors. It is depicted about and around Chinese dwellings in myriad forms, not only by the ideograph itself but also by pictographic objects that are homonyms of fu, such as bats, tigers, and butterflies. Sometimes a fu character is deliberately hung upside down at the New Year, in order to heighten its efficacy. Encountering the upside down character, visitors and passersby are expected to utter, fu is inverted [fu daole] a punning homophone for fu has arrived֨|
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