Lunar New Year Greeting Messages 对联 – An Unintended ‘Off” Outcome
During Lunar New Year it is a very common practice for every Chinese family to stick Lunar New Year messages 对联 on their doors to express their wish/aspiration for the year ahead.
A relative Ah Keong, had a new neighbour who just moved in. The neighbour put up a pair of greeting messages 对联 which read : “ 生意兴隆， 货与轮转. “ The greeting message meant : “Let Business Be Booming & Let The Inventory/Stocks Turn Fast Like A Wheel/ie. fast turnover of stocks). As the neighbour was business man Ah Keong thought it was a very appropriate message/aspiration 对联.
Much to Ah Keong’s horror, he soon found out the new neighbour was an undertaker/coffin seller. Clearly if an undertaker/coffin seller’s business is booming and his stocks/inventory are turning around like a wheel, it means more people are dying.
Ah Keong pleaded with his neighbour to change the 对联to something more innocuous. Unfortunately his neighbour did not agree.