“Ji Siang Ru Yi” (good fortune as one wishes) is the hope that all people wish in their hearts. In the traditional society, most people lived in a large-size family; therefore, people held particular expectations for having an expanding family, respecting for seniority, achieving success and wining recognition and sufficiency along with peace in life. Regarding the practical presentation for hurrying along the auspiciousness and avoid the bad fortune was directly showed on the so-called auspicious patterns and traditional decoration art. The connotations of auspicious concepts among the people were nothing more than Fu (good fortune,) Lu (prosperity), Shou (longevity), His (joy), Fu (wealth), Gui (nobility) and zi (children.) The decoration on the central beam of the front palace at Guanyin Puji Temple Symbolizing good luck, prosperous in government official jobs, longevity; also called as the three fairies of Chai (fortune), Zi (children) and Shou (longevity,) with the meaning of “bringing in wealth and treasure, having much more children and enjoying both happiness and longevity.” The colored-drawing Basian Paint in the main hall of Baoshu Hall, Dongshi Phoenix feathers and unicorn horns” used to metaphor the rare and precious talents; “counting crane and turtle’s ages” means longevity since both are all longevity species, symbolizing good fortune, happiness, longevity and extraordinary writing ability. The blocks on the facing walls of the front palace at Guanyin Temple, Shoushanyan Lu: beseeching official ranks and promoting in office and becoming rich.
The traditional architectures were often decorated with the symbols to pray for Star Lu to come upon for smoothly obtaining the official ranks. The altar in the grand palace of Yongfu Temple, Sankengzi Shou: searching for the infinity of life.
It was quite frequent to see the decoration with the subject of “longevity” on the traditional architectures or utensils. Shuichedu on the gable at the protection room of Jhuang’s Residence, Guanyin Tianshui Hall Fu and Gui: possessing with wealthy and abundant life.
Among the traditional architectures, the frequently-seen peony pictures were the decoration symbolizing wealth and social position. The door stop of the gate at Jhuang’s Residence, Guanyin Tianshui Hall Zi: meaning prosperous families and ceaseless generations.
In the traditional architectures often used pomegranates, grapes and mice as the subjects to symbolize many children. The altar in the main room of Jhaocun Hall at Lyu’s Residence Si: having wedding and good things coming around.
Amongst the traditional buildings, it was often to see the picture of magpies symbolizing good news announcement and good things coming.