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Haha! This cartoon of the Chinese *Three Wise Men practicing social distancing and wearing masks puts a smile on my face.
For the uninitiated, the Chinese New Year is just round the corner and the trio is one of the most auspicious symbols of the lunar new year.
On a sombre note, the cartoon is pretty sad actually.
It means that Chinese New Year 2021 is essentially cancelled for some of us.
We are lockdowned for the second time (MCO 2).
I can't visit my parents, in-laws, relatives and friends in my hometown as interstate travel is banned.
It means there will be ....
No reunion dinner...
No cookie exchange...
No ang-pow exchange...
|Fu, Lu, Shou|
* The Three Wise Men (Fu, Lu, Shou) are used in Chinese culture to denote the three attributes of the ultimate good life.
Fu for prosperity, Lu for ambition/career and Shou for longevity.
According to legend, Shou was carried in his mother's womb for ten years before he was born, and already an old man when delivered!
Traditionally, the three statues are arranged close together from right to left, just as Chinese characters are traditionally written from right to left.