Chinese literary purists may get a cardiac arrest over this “ghastly” travesty of the great classical novel, 红楼梦.
But indeed a sparkling new spittoon with plenty of red color and the word “double-happiness” was a significant item for the marital chamber of a newly-married Chinese couple.
An “ang pow” was placed inside the potty, and then its mouth was sealed with a piece of red paper. Once the wedding ceremony was over, a young boy would be asked to smash through the red paper seal and retrieve the red packet. I learned that this was to help the couple to bring forth a son soon. True ? Am not sure.
I don’t think this practice is in vogue these days, as young couples have other more exciting wedding dreams apart from a red potty.