Tuesday, 5 February 2008

福 – fú – Good fortune

Today’s word is a single character 福, fú meaning good fortune, blessings or happiness. It is pronounced foo, with a 2nd or rising tone.

This character is usually seen hanging upside-down on doors. The word for upside down, 倒, dǎo is similar to 到, dào meaning to arrive. So, when it is hung upside down the character 福, fú symbolizes the arrival of happiness.

If you would like to support this blog, we have t-shirts and other items for sale in our online Mandarin Word of the Day shop at CafePress. These items feature the character fú upside-down, of course, and the Teddy bear is particularly cute.