The Laughing Buddha is a reflection of the joy and luck that is supposed to be coming your way. It is a symbol of happiness, health, abundance and being truly at peace and content with life. Pu-Tai, the Celestial Buddha, is generally depicted differently than traditional Buddhist renderings. He is depicted as an overweight figure, with a boisterous laughing face and bald. And he is generally clad in a robe and is complemented by his prayer beads. The Laughing Buddha titled emerged from his protruding stomach and the cheerful smile that adorns his face. The Laughing Buddha is seen as a sign of good, of love and joy. And this symbol can be found in many places across Chinese culture, such as temples, restaurants, and businesses as an invitation to good luck and fortune to come their way. He is also seen as a benevolent figure that gives to the poor and needy.
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Chinese culture is dominated by its symbols. From the way the language itself is written to the connections with nature and feng shui, Chinese culture is rich in symbolism. Most of the symbols are its characters, such as the fu, lou, and shou, which are all connected to luck, wealth, and prosperity. Other symbols such as the Laughing Buddha and the Lucky Cat are evolutions of culture that have also come to represent good luck and good fortune. Chinese mythology itself is rich in symbols, especially its dragons. Collectively, the dragons present in the lore are symbols of potent and auspicious powers. This is especially reflected in the control the dragons wield over the elements. Responsible for water, rainfall, typhoons, and floods, the dragons exert great control over the land and the people.
This is also why the dragons that Chinese mythology is founded on have become universal symbols of power and strength across the region and globally as well. Within Chinese language and culture, there are many symbols for good luck, wealth, and longevity but particularly luck. These symbols are used most often during weddings and important occasions such as Chinese New Year. The symbols in Chinese culture act as a way to invite good fortune and luck in and to keep bad spirits away. The colors used for the symbols also have meaning. For example, red is considered a lucky color (it is also the national color of China) and it represents wealth, status and power - which is why it is used so often in many of these symbols, to invite these same concepts into everyday life as well.