A bitter gourd is also known as the “fu” gourd because in some Chinese dialects the pronunciation for gourd can also sound like the word for “happiness” or “good fortune.” The gourd also contains many seeds and thus a common idiom, “the more sons, the more happiness,” conveys a sense of prosperity and contentment.
Because of its bitter taste, rich flavor, and a touch of sweetness, the act of eating a ripe, bitter gourd is a complex culinary experience wherein the savory and sweet aspects create a rich flavor profile to be relished. A common saying, “ending with sweetness, after the bitter,” expresses this idea. It is the same in life wherein people strive for happiness and meaning. There may be unexpected obstacles and sadness in life’s journey, but there will also be unspeakable joy and moments of pure pleasure. This design not only conveys a feeling of long-lasting happiness, made all the sweeter because of life’s challenges, but it also suggests an expectation of unending progress.