Chinese Fu Symbol

chinese symbols, fu

The character Fú ( 福, Unicode U+798F) meaning "fortune" or "good luck" is represented both as a Chinese ideograph, but also at times pictorially, in one of its homophonous forms. It is often found on a figurine of the male god of the same name, one of the trio of "star gods" , Lù, Shòu.

chinese fu, good luck symbol

Hung this way, the character Fu literally means “good luck arrives” because the words “upside down” and “to arrive” are almost perfectly homophonous or “they sound the same” in nearly all forms of Chinese. Hanging the symbol upside down, therefore, has come to mean the household’s wish for good luck, happiness, and prosperity in the coming New Year.