During the Spring Festival period every year, almost all families handpick a pair of Spring Festival couplets to paste on their doors, adding some joyous atmosphere to the festival. The couplets are generally written on red paper and the sentences contain auspicious meanings.
A couplet is composed of two lines of poetry that come next to each other, especially two lines that rhyme with each other and are of the same length. In addition, the lines should be posted vertically, with the first one on the right and the second one on the left. Some couplets also have a top scroll.
[chūn lián] 春联：Spring Festival Scrolls/Spring Festival Couplets
[shàng lián] 上联：the right scroll
[xià lián] 下联：the left scroll
[héng pī] 横批：the top scroll
Here are some examples:
Great peace, great wealth, and great luck.
New year, new joy, and new century.
Everything goes well.
A good year and a nice view follow the spring.
Happiness and health arrive as you wish.
Ring out the old, ring in the new.
The old year leaves amidst the falling snow.
The new spring comes with the shining glow.
Apart from traditional poetic lines, many people have also composed modern funny ones, which are much easier to learn.
Eat well, sleep well, and have fun every day.
Study hard, work hard, and make more money.
I’ve been waiting year after year.
Each year lots marry, but not me.
Wait one more year.
Happy New Year!
Money Comes Running!
The following picture shows Spring Festival couplets composed by P.A.Nachimuthu, the President of Erode District China Radio Tamil Listeners Club. Do you want to have a try?