Fish

    Fish (鱼 yu) : The fish pattern is found as early as in Hemudu culture of early Neolithic, there are carved pattern of hornworts on potteries. In Tang and Song Dynasties, dignitarie usually wear gold fish symbol to indicate rich and poor, high low ranking. Fish (yu 鱼) is pronounced the same as the character for "abundance" or "surplus" (yu 余). The fish symbol is, therefore, symbolizes wealth and also frequently associated with other symbols and Chinese characters to symbolize the wish for "more" in the sense of "more" good luck, good fortune, long life and offsprings. As an example, to express the wish for "having more happiness year after year" a charm may use the Chinese character 年 (nian) for year, and also include a picture of a fish, a lotus and a magpie. The fish (yu 鱼) represents "more" (yu 余). The character 莲 for lotus and the character 连 meaning "in succession or one after another", as in expressing year after year, are both pronounced lian. The magpie (xi que 喜鹊) is pronounced the same as happiness . So the fish, lotus, magpie and the Chinese character 年 (year) together would have the implied meaning of "more" "happiness" "year after year" (连年有余 lian-nian-you-yu) In now days, people usually use "如鱼得水 ru-yu-de-shui" to describe like a duck to water.

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