lè music; happy

Made up of [丿 piě 'slash' radical 4]
Alternative traditional form of character:

Note

Original a picture of five drums for the five musical notes, now simplified to a music stand. The same character is used for 'joy' with different pronunciation 'yue'
Number of strokes: 5

Related characters


Also uses 丿 piě component: dì (younger brother) hū (at) jiǔ (nine) jiǔ (long time) me (what) nǎi (to be) nián (year) shǎo (less) shēng (produce) shī (to lose) wù (fifth (ordinal)) wù (do not) wǔ (noon) yì (justice) zhī (him) zú (clan)

Different tone

le ('completed')
Alternative pronunciation : yuè

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Pronunciation

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Cities

乐山 Leshan, Sichuan

People

永乐帝 Emperor Yongle

Proverbs

安居乐业 ān jū lè yè Wishing you well in a new home
乐极生悲 lè jí shēng bēi All good things must come to an end

Temple of Heaven

The Temple of Heaven served a particularly important purpose in Imperial China. The Emperor as Son of Heaven had to perform rituals at New Year and start of Spring to ensure the good fortune of the year ahead. He would plough a ritual furrow to indicate the start of the agricultural year. The Temple of Heaven is round - symbolizing the circular vault of heaven set in a square park - symbolizing the square, flat earth. The Imperial number nine was extensively used in its construction.
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