I am very pleased to receive this pretty embroidery bag from a friend, an ideal size for carrying keys and my clip-on mike.
Where: Chinatown Classic, KL, Malaysia
There are motifs of butterflies, cherry blossoms and pomegranates. This design is typical of Qing Dynasty embroidery.
In Chinese literature, butterflies symbolise lovers reunited, the love story of a pair of lovers, Liang Shanbo (梁山伯) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台).
According to Garden with wings, Butterflies are deep and powerful representations of life. Many cultures associate the butterfly with our souls. The Christian religion sees the butterfly as a symbol of resurrection. Around the world, people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope, and life. There is no doubt the butterfly has significant meanings to us.
Whatever its symbolism, it is one of the mysteries of nature, a transformation from a crawling creature to one of flight.
Cherry blossoms too are a symbol of renewal and change. The first signs of spring after a bitter winter. Recently I met a Japanese horticulturalist Inada-san if we can grow Yuzu in Singapore. He replied that perhaps the color will not turn yellow because the winter gestation is critical.
What then with the pomegranate? In Chinese literature, it symbolise abundance, especially fertility in offspring.
In Judaism, pomegranates were included on the pillars of Solomon’s temple.
Deuteronomy 8:8 – the Lord is speaking to the Israelites of the promised land, which will be “a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey
Numbers 13:23 – Israelites sent into Canaan returned with grapes, pomegranates and figs.
Some say its not physical abundance but spiritual abundance, fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self control.
What are the symbols from your culture?
May you be blessed with hope, renewal, abundance in the New Year.