Red Umbrellas!

Why are red umbrellas used?

Why, to “Hoi Gee, San Yeep” of course! (Cantonese)

The literal meaning would be “open the stem, spread the leaves.”  But in plainer words: to have kids and add to the family tree. 

Red Umbrellas are also believed to ward off evil spirits, so the couple will have positive relationship. 

Either way, it’s become a thing of tradition and most importantly of all, a symbol of Chinese Weddings. 

One of my pet peeves is to buy cheap or gaudy items just because you will only be using it once.  While spending needlessly is also, well… “bad” (for a lack of a better term at the moment).  I like to look for a happy medium.   Which usually means one of two choices:

(1) Search the internet and bridal stores until I can find a cheap viable option


(2) Find something that is reusable in everyday life, even if it costs a little more.

So rather than going for the cheaply made plastic things that I’ve see in Chinese Wedding shops in N. America, this is what I’m aiming for:

This heart shaped umbrella is my #1 choice and the price isn’t too bad.  The only thing I’m worried about is the unknown cost of Customs since this product is coming from the UK. 

Doesn’t it remind you of the leaf Totoro used as an Umbrell?  Too cute!

On the other hand:

I’m pretty sure I won’t be using this on the streets of Vancouver but I wouldn’t mind having it around.  Problem is… where do I buy it?

On a side note, when I was looking through the UK website, I thought that a few of the umbrellas would actually be really good bridal party gifts.

For those that are interested, here’s the website:

– C.Herb –


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