Sunday, June 23, 2013

Image and Word

Two cards from two Chinese countries using image and word. The lovely papercut card is from China and I love the heart sticker the postcrosser affixed. The papercut itself spells out the word "Fuk" as does the character on the right. I thought "blessed" was an interesting translation. I had associated it more with good luck but I prefer "blessed."
The card below is from Taiwan. The postcrosser explained that this card celebrates a story in 277 BC when a famous poet and minister fell into the water. The people threw rice wrapped in bamboo leaves to the fishes so the poet wouldn't be devoured. The custom continues today of eating bamboo-wrapped rice dumplings on the fifth day of the fifth month. Sweet!