Dreams Of The Red Chamber Pot

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.

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