The Chinese Character for Spring 春

The Chinese character for spring is “春.” This character is pronounced chūn, and is a depiction of folded hands as the top element of the character, and a sun as the bottom element, represented by 日. (image: Secret China)
The Chinese character for spring is “春.” This character is pronounced chūn, and is a depiction of folded hands as the top element of the character, and a sun as the bottom element, represented by 日. (image: Secret China)

The Chinese character for spring is “春.” This character is pronounced chūn, and is a depiction of folded hands as the top element of the character, and a sun as the bottom element, represented by 日.

Chinese character for spring

This character is pronounced chūn, and is a depiction of folded hands as the top element of the character, and a sun as the bottom element, represented by 日. (Image: Secret China)

Spring was a favorite time among Chinese sages and scholars. Many classic Chinese writings praise the spring season. The great Chinese philosopher Confucius once asked his students what wishes they had. They all expressed their wishes to help kings build powerful kingdoms and create prosperity for the citizens. How did Confucius answer? He said he just wants a nice spring season — to bathe in the clear river and sing pleasant songs with children.

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