The assonance of the calabash (hu-lu) in Chinese is “fu-lu,” which means luck and wealth; besides, because the growth type of the calabash belongs to trailing plant, its stem is often entwined by some tendrils, by which it can creep up by other things and then blossom and bear fruit. The state of flourishing fruits symbolizes “continuous melons” from “Book of Songs” (Shih Jing), which has the meaning of prosperous descendants. Therefore, in folk custom, people regard the calabash as a good fortune decoration which symbolizes “luck and wealth”.
In Buddhism, there is Bodhisattva of Medicine, who hangs many calabashes on the waist, comes to popular world and cures and saves all living beings by those calabashes. Therefore the calabash also has the meaning of getting rid of evils, curing sick and ensuring safeties.