Fuwa: The Friendly Beijing Olympic Mascots
The Five Fuwa
The Five Fuwa: One World, One Dream
Did you know that every Olympics has their own Mascots? These Cuties were the official mascots for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Each one represented a unique cultural aspect of China and bestowed upon Children everywhere a special Blessing.
There was a bit of controversy during the actual olympics, and the 5 fuwa were not showcased as planned. I do not understand all the details. Perhaps someone who was there or involved can explain it. I think it had something to do with a perception of bad luck somehow.
Anyway, so that makes these little guys kind of special in a sad way. They never really got to have their "thunder".
Perhaps they will continue to live on in their own way, in the legends their trinkets and keepsakes generate.
I hope they will be around for the next summer olympics, to trade and remember, just as have all other olympic mascots.
Thanks little friendlies!
Beibei Fuwa - the Fish
What do a fish, a panda, fire, antelope, and a swallow have in common?
They represent the five "friendlies" the 2008 Beijing Olympic Mascots!
Can't find anything cuter anywhere. These little adorable "good luck dolls" mascots are the sweetest representation of sportsmanship ever! Not just one mascot but 5? They are so rich in culture and meaning. Each of the 5 mascots represents some aspect of Chinese culture with their own individual blessing for you and for children everywhere. It's a really nice gesture and a fun way to celebrate the harmony of all cultures in the spirit of peace and unity among all nations in our small, small world:
Beibei - the Fish / Sea: Blessing of Prosperity (Blue)
Jingjing - the Panda / Forest: Blessing of Happiness (Black & White)
Huanhuan - The Olympic Flame/ Fire: Blessing of Passion (Red)
Yingying - Tibetan Antelope / Earth: Blessing of Health (Yellow)
Nini - the Swallow/ Sky: Good Luck (Green)
As we watch the Olympics, let us remember the awesome spirit which has been with the Olympics since the very first in Athens, Greece so many years ago. A Peace truce instilled then is in effect again today. All of the world takes part in the celebration of unity, playing a friendly game, recognizing the beauty of culture everywhere and respecting each others' differences. It is, I think, one of the most powerful representations of goodwill to all!
Peace to you! Enjoy the games~ Always.
The Fuwa are Born! Every Kid should see this! - Cute Promo cartoon of how these cuties were conceived
Other Olympic Mascots: Starting with Vinicius: Rio 2016
PyeongChang Mascot for 2018 Winter Olympics: Soohorang the White Tiger
Mandeville and Wenlock, London ~ 2012
Mukmuk, Vancouver 2010
Olly, Syd and Millie, Sydney, 2000
Izzy. as in "what IS he?", Atlanta 1996
Cute Song/ Slideshow of Fuwa
Do you love the FUWA? I think these are adorable!
Like the Five Olympic Rings from which they draw their color and inspiration, Fuwa will serve as the Official Mascots of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, carrying a message of friendship and peace -- and blessings from China -- to children all over the world.
Designed to express the playful qualities of five little children who form an intimate circle of friends, Fuwa also embody the natural characteristics of four of China's most popular animals -- the Fish, the Panda, the Tibetan Antelope, the Swallow--and the Olympic Flame.
Each of Fuwa has a rhyming two-syllable name--a traditional way of expressing affection for children in China. Beibei is the Fish, Jingjing is the Panda, Huanhuan is the Olympic Flame, Yingying is the Tibetan Antelope and Nini is the Swallow.
When you put their names together -- Bei Jing Huan Ying Ni -- they say "Welcome to Beijing," offering a warm invitation that reflects the mission of Fuwa as young ambassadors for the Olympic Games.
Fuwa also embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature -- the sea, forest, fire, earth and sky -- all stylistic rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation.
Spreading Traditional Chinese Blessings Wherever They Go
At the heart of their mission--and through all of their work--Fuwa will seek to unite the world in peace and friendship through the Olympic spirit. Dedicated to helping Beijing 2008 spread its theme of One World, One Dream to every continent, Fuwa reflect the deep desire of the Chinese people to reach out to the world in friendship through the Games--and to invite every man, woman and child to take part in the great celebration of human solidarity that China will host in the light of the flame in 2008.
Collecting Olympic Pins
Olympic Pins - Fun to trade and to collect!
One can never have enough, for trading and collecting! A fun pastime that renews itself automatically every 2 years!
I still have the ones I collected while gearing up for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. That was fun and exciting time!