When you take the Chinese character for happiness (xi 喜), and you make it a couple, you get Double Happiness, (shuangxi 囍), the fabulously popular character associated with weddings & harmonious coupledom (& a certain brand of cigarettes & a million commercial products...)
And because hǎoshì yào chéng shuāng 好事要成双 happiness comes in twos...
|Chopstick holders from the most famous of Beijing Duck restaurants. Never mind that you are there to eat them, mandarin ducks, thought to mate for life, are symbols of fidelity & lifelong love.|
|Somehow it wouldn't be a cabinet of curiosities if it didn't have a few shells. These are a little bit of a cheat on the China theme: these two (& just these two!) were found on the beach during our honeymoon in Thailand.|
|Debris from a favorite exploding thing, a long tube that when triggered spews out these bits of tissue & foil & cellophane Double Happinesses. At weddings definitely but really any excuse is will do...|
|Full drawer photo credit: Bruno David|