The Moral of Chinese Patterns of Large and Small Melons

hanfu“Large and Small Melons” (Guadiemianmian) came from the Continuity of Day of the Book of Odes, “the ancestors of the Zhou Dynasty were like the gourds on the vines and had abundant offspring, thus established the base of Western Zhou Dynasty”. The pattern means that the melons are small at first, but they will gradually grow up. People use this pattern to bless others to have prosperous descendants and become rich.

There are two forms of the pattern: one is made up of the melons growing on the vines; the other is made up of melons and butterflies as the two have the same pronunciation (Die). As the melons have many seed, this pattern also carries people’s good wishes for having multiple offspring.

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