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Double Happiness – use + history

Wedding tent - all dressed up and waiting for the bride and groom and party goers ! Beautifully prepared including car with bouquet of flowers taped to it. In Hanoi, tents pop up, parked on the road since personal garden space is limited.
Wedding tent – all dressed up and waiting for the bride and groom and party goers ! Beautifully prepared including car with bouquet of flowers taped to it. In Hanoi, tents pop up, parked on the road since personal garden space is limited.
It's wedding time ! Where Double Happiness all began ! Elegant decorations for a function hall ready for the wedding party in Hanoi, Vietnam.
It’s wedding time ! Where Double Happiness all began – good luck and longevity ! Elegant decorations for a function hall ready for the wedding party.

The symbol Double Happiness has great importance and meaning for Vietnamese people; and while in Vietnam you will see it sprinkled around over multiple items.

The two Chinese characters together one meaning

GOOD LUCK + LONGEVITY.

Double Happiness sticker on watermelon. Priced between D12,000 - D20,000 per kg (Hanoi 2010) . Good gifts for Tet (Lunar New Year) or country side wedding celebrations.
Double Happiness sticker on watermelon. Priced between D12,000 – D20,000 per kg (Hanoi 2010) . Good gifts for Tet (Lunar New Year) or country side wedding celebrations.
Double Happiness Lotus seed sweets are sold in Hanoi and make good presents.
Double Happiness Lotus seed sweets are sold in Hanoi and make good presents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Double Happiness Floor Mats are a common site in Hanoi.
Double Happiness Floor Mats are a common site in Hanoi.

It is a popular decoration for weddings and for the important Tet (The Lunar New Year) celebrations and now home décor, parts of buildings, tiles, wall hangings, clothing and almost anything including Lotus sweet packet.

Double Happiness Tile hangs up on a wall in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Double Happiness Tile hangs up on a wall.

 

Items with this symbol make excellent presents to people.

Song Hi – in Vietnamese

Shuang Xi – in Chinese

Above: decorative double happiness as part of house design.

HISTORY

Double Happiness dates back almost as far as Hanoi City.

Wang Anshi (1021-1086) started this trend that has lasted almost 1,000 years, and isn’t going anywhere in a hurry.  Wang Anshi in his later life ended up being a famous Chinese politician, but our story begins when he was a young man.

To cut a long story short:

A girl looks for a talented hubby, so she puts out a cryptic message written on a lantern outside her parents house.  The lad rides past on his way to his royal exams and works out the puzzle.  He takes his Royal Exam, then heads home, along the way he meets the girl and it is decided they will get married.

On the day of his wedding he finds out that he has passed the Royal Exam with high distinction.

To celebrate his doubly happy day he wrote double happiness in Chinese on a piece of red paper and attached it to his gate.

Chinese Embassy main gates in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Chinese Embassy main gates in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Large lacquer ware bowl with double happiness.
Large lacquer ware bowl with double happiness.

Now days double happiness symbol is especially used for weddings but lives on in other areas, popping up on crockery, home wares, lamps, cups, fabric, photo albums, and lives on !!

 

 

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