As the peach tree flowers in the Spring, the season of rebirth and renewal, its fruit is a symbol of marriage and fertility in Chinese culture. It is also believed to act as protection against evil forces. Similarly, the gourd is considered to serve as protection against evil. The Chinese word for gourd is ‘hulu’ (葫芦). The first character of the word is a homophone of the Chinese word ‘hu’ (护), which means to protect and ‘hu’ (祜), which means blessing. The gourd is also associated which good fortune. The chrysanthemum flower is considered an intermediary between Heaven and Earth in Chinese culture and is a symbol of longevity and immortality.