Expressing Good Luck Through Character Symbols
One of the most popular ways to express luck is through the use of pictograph symbols. These symbols are themselves both art and words
富 fù (foo) While Westerners would not necessarily see the beauty of putting the word “wealth" on their door, the symbol 富 is one of the most popular Chinese characters used in the celebration of the New Year. It may be posted upside down on the front door of a house or an apartment, since the character for “upside down" sounds the same as the character for “come." Also a 富豪 fùhǎo is a rich man, a financial magnate.
喜 xǐ (as in short, shi) happiness. is posted as well 喜闻乐见 xǐ wén lè jiàn means “to love to see and hear" and喜 xǐ double happiness is posted everywhere on Chinese weddings
财 cái (as in dots/as in kite tsi ) is wealth, money. 财富 cáifù: fortune mammoth money moneybag riches silver spoon treasure wealth. Chinese often say money can make a ghost turn a millstone. Money can accomplish what seems to be impossible
和 Hé (as in earn, hea) means many things: it means “harmony" and “peace" and it also means “and" “summation" and “together." 和蔼Héǎǎi. 蔼 ǎi (as in kite, i) means “kind" and all together the term means “affability" “clemency" or “kindness." 和缓的 Héhuǎn (as in waft, hwan) Héhuǎn means “meek"
爱Aì (as in kite, i) means “love". With 情 qíng (as in chicken, ching) 爱情 aìqíng can also mean comradely love
美Měi (may) beauty 美国 With gúo (as in wall, gwa) meaning “country Měigúo is the United States of America, the beautiful country.