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The National Museum of History will host a special exhibition presenting the application of the Chinese character "Double Happiness” (囍), its role in history, and related popular cultural and creative products.
The Chinese character "Double Happiness” originated from the story of Wang An-shih (1021-1086 A.D.), a famous Chinese political reformer, poet, and writer from the imperial Song Dynasty. It is said that Wang received the news that he passed the highest imperial examination for Chinese civil service on his wedding day.
Due to the coincidence of the two happy events, Wang, the successful civil servant and bridegroom, wrote the Chinese character for happiness twice on his gate to celebrate the auspicious day. Although the story could just be an embellished legend, the character "Double Happiness,” regardless of its origin, has now become a traditionally indispensable symbol of happiness.