Boy sent to school with bag of ‘good luck’ veggies

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/9/3 18:58:40

A young student in East China's Jiangsu Province grew in popularity on social media after he walked to school with a backpack full of fresh produce - as the local custom.

In addition to his books, the 3-year-old, identified as Youyou, arrived for his first day of preschool in the city of Changshu with a backpack full of green onions, apples and other veggies.

In the video clip posted Friday, Youyou's mother surnamed Cao explains she is having her son carry on a local custom to wish children good luck in their studies.

"This is part of the unique folk tradition in Changshu," Cao said, "I prepared these lucky things for him the same way my uncle did for me when I [first went to school]."

Cao then explains to viewers that each of the edibles makes for a fortuitous homophonic pun in Chinese: green onions and the word for "smart" are both pronounced "cong", while apple has the same meaning as "safe and sound."

Despite the added weight, Youyou was tickled pink by his greens.

"I need to bring the green onions home," Youyou said in the clip, "They make me a clever boy."

Modern Express

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