Chinese Year of the Dragon and the international year of the Bat

This year is the Chines Year of the Dragon and it is also the International Year of the Bat

I just loved this card


. Bats are a sign of good fortune in China and nd were often embroidered onto the Emperor’s robes

nto the Emperor’s robes.

A bat (fu 蝠) is a visual pun or rebus for “good fortune” or happiness (fu 福) because both characters have exactly the same pronunciation.

The “five bats” represent the “Five Blessings“, also known as the “Five Happinesses” or “Five Good Fortunes”.  The “five blessings” are longevity (寿), wealth (富), health and composure (康宁), virtue (修好德), and the desire to die a natural death in old age (考 终命).

Source

Phoito Jude Hirstwood

It was also used  as a wall decoration . This example is from a palace in Bangkok

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