a promised post (*)
Το θυμηθηκε παλι η αθεοφοβη. Λεω για τη φιλεναδα μου την Wei που μου εστειλε προχτες το παρακατω e-mail.
Happy Eikosti-pempti Martiou to you. How about lunch this Friday or next Tue?
So we went out to lunch today. Wei who is the sweetest girl China ever exported to the United States, some time ago, when she went to the Beijing Olympic Games, she brought back for me a set of pins with the official mascots of the games in their official bag. Today during lunch she asked me:
Did you make a post about the pins?
I said, oh no but I will do it as soon as I go home. So here I am Wei darling. I am wearing the beautiful pins on my blouse. See!!
..and here is the official bag.
I am copying from the games website the pictures and the symbolism of all these cute characters.
In China’s traditional culture and art, the fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest. And so Beibei carries the blessing of prosperity. A fish is also a symbol of surplus in Chinese culture, another measure of a good year and a good life.
The ornamental lines of the water-wave designs are taken from well-known Chinese paintings of the past. Among Fuwa, Beibei is known to be gentle and pure. Strong in water sports, she reflects the blue Olympic ring.
Like all antelopes, Yingying is fast and agile and can swiftly cover great stretches of land as he races across the earth. A symbol of the vastness of China’s landscape, the antelope carries the blessing of health, the strength of body that comes from harmony with nature. Yingying’s flying pose captures the essence of a species unique to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, one of the first animals put under protection in China. The selection of the Tibetan Antelope reflects Beijing’s commitment to a Green Olympics. His head ornament incorporates several decorative styles from the Qinghai-Tibet and Sinkiang cultures and the ethnic design traditions of Western China. Strong in track and field events, Yingying is a quick-witted and agile boy who represents the yellow Olympic ring.
Every spring and summer, the children of Beijing have flown beautiful kites on the currents of wind that blow through the capital. Among the kite designs, the golden-winged swallow is traditionally one of the most popular. Nini’s figure is drawn from this grand tradition of flying designs. Her golden wings symbolize the infinite sky and spread good-luck as a blessing wherever she flies. Swallow is also pronounced “yan” in Chinese, and Yanjing is what Beijing was called as an ancient capital city. Among Fuwa, Nini is as innocent and joyful as a swallow. She is strong in gymnastics and represents the green Olympic ring.
(*) The post was written in English so Wei can read it. Love you sweetie, and thanks for remembering my holiday.