Our family has embarked on virtual travels to various countries and regions. To explore these countries and their cultures, we have followed along with the festivals, cooked and eaten traditional foods, learned of traditional handicrafts with hands on exploration, along with many activities to immerse ourselves. Chronicled here are some of these activities.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Lucky Bamboo


Hubby bought some lucky bamboo during the Chinese New Year - he spotted some at the grocery store, and knew the girls and I would love it. We placed it in a vase with water, and it's been easy maintenance since. Just give it fresh water the odd time you think of it  every week and enjoy!

With the importance of bamboo in the Chinese culture, and the virtues it represents, it is no surprise that bamboo placed in the home is considered auspicious within the Feng Shui principles (proper energy flow in the home). The number of stalks bunched or woven together are determinants of the luck and energy the bamboo can bring - it is believed that the more stalks you have, the greater the good fortune you will be blessed with.

Two bamboo stalks are often given as an expression of love, and are said to double your fortune.

Three bamboo stalks is the favored combination of  bamboo in the home as it brings three types of luck: Happiness, Long Life, and Wealth.

The number six in Chinese also sounds like the word for luck, so six bamboo stalks attracts prosperity and greater achievements. 

Be sure not to have four bamboo stalks, as the number four in Chinese also sounds like the word for death, and is considered incredibly unlucky.

I think getting two bamboo combinations with three stalks was unwittingly a very lucky combination on hubby's part. 


Learn more about bamboo with us: Learn about its cultural significance in China and watch its amazing growth over just 24 hours; Paint bamboo with Chinese brush painting; and listen to, and make a replica of a traditional bamboo flute, the Dizi.

2 comments:

  1. They are so simple and there is a beauty in their simplicity.
    Each year you do a different country, do you find your house décor changing in keeping with the country you are studying? I just love this idea of immersing yourselves for a whole year. Brilliant!

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    1. Absolutely - there really is such beauty in their simplicity.

      Some countries have more decorative elements than others :)The Chinese umbrellas I found on kijiji and are so beautiful, I love seeing them in our dining room, and we had homemade papel picado up for nearly a year when studying Mexico. I find myself "struggling" between my particular decor style, the plethora of kitsch mixed with the odd genuine cultural items, and our budget. We do have a little piece of something from each country that we have come across or someone has gifted to us, which is fun. It is best budget comes into play, what with our family's hoarding tendency!

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