The traditional floral symbol of China, peonies are known as the flower of riches and honour. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.
Esteemed as one of the most exquisite flowers, the peony is a symbol for nobility and prosperity. The peony became popular in the imperial palaces during the Sui and Tang dynasties, and earned the title of the "king of flowers." A symbol of spring, it is also used as a metaphor for female beauty and reproduction. Pictured in full bloom, the peony symbolizes peace.
A small bird that is internationally recognized as a harbinger of good luck, the sparrow is seen throughout literature and folklore as a sign of God's benevolence and a catcher of lost souls.
Indonesians claim that the sparrow brings good luck. If a sparrow enters a home, it is believed that a wedding will occur, and if a woman spies a sparrow on Valentine's Day, she will find happiness by marrying a poor man. If a sparrow enters a home and builds a nest, it will bring good luck.
Sparrows are also a symbol of Christianity that represents God's care for the smallest of creatures. In the Bible, sparrows were often mentioned as an offering made by a person without any means. Birds such as sparrows, eagles and doves were all symbols of the presence of God.