In Chinese art, the bat is a symbol of happiness and longevity, and the word for happiness, is pronounced the same way as the word for bat. According to legend, bats were able to live for a thousand years; silver in color, legend held that they fed on stalactites and that, if consumed by humans, they would increase one's longevity. One bat symbolized happiness, two bats represented redoubled good fortune and five bats represented the Five Blessings (a long life, riches, health, love of virtue, and a natural death.)
Emblem of happiness. Usually painted red, the colour of joy. The Wu Fu, or five bats of happiness, stand for the five blessings: old age, wealth, health, virtue and natural death.