141222 Hoppy New Year 大吉羊
(Photo taken by Nicholas Schaut)
So Rachel decided to carve a piece of wood board then we may print our cards as many as we like. You know, it has to be a team work without exception!! I figured will be nice to make a seal cutting with ancient Chinese scripts.
On the right bottom corner, a red colour seal reads followed by the numbers indicate.
(1)大: great, large, a lot
(2)吉: good, fortune, luck
(3)祥: similar to 吉
Therefore, this combining three words is used for greeting and to wish something good and normally used during the New Year season or to elderly.
Since this seal stone is in square so I tried to find something to fill the gap on the left bottom corner. When I search a proper script (type of font) to present my seal I found this image on the left bottom actually means “sheep” too! (yes, same meaning as 羊, is a pictograph used in about 5000 years ago). I think it will be easier to recognize by Mandarin readers and link to the new year of sheep.
Here you go! I hope you enjoyed this short Chinese lesson. Furthermore, we like to wish you and your families a peaceful, fortunate, and healthy New Year.
James and Rachel
PS1. if you have trouble to read please try to change different encoding such as Big5 or UTF8
PS2. if you like to know about Chinese scripts here is a very good book in English written by a Sweedish
Technens Rike (China: Empire of Living Symbols), Cecilia Lindqvist, ISBN 986-7415-89-2