Just bought this fan yesterday at a pasar malam (night market).
It’s very very meaningful. Here’s what it says:
Don’t be Angry (translation mine)
The life of a person is like a show,
for it is Destiny that brings people together.
It is not easy to help one another till they are old,
yet regardless of our ability, we must still treasure the relationship.
Why lose one’s anger over a small matter,
only to look back and wonder if it was necessary?
When others are angry, I should remain calm,
for anger invites illnesses and chases away those who would have helped you.
Who would bother about my death if it was my anger that caused it?
Moreover, anger does nothing but to harm one’s soul and waste one’s energy.
Don’t bother comparing yourself with your neighbours, relatives, and friends;
don’t bother about the trifles of your children.
If anything, we should share our sufferings and joys together,
such that even the fairies will envy the closeness of our friendship.
The person who sold me this fan says that there is a Chinese tradition where people will write this poem on paper or on a fan and give it to their love ones or people whom they have upset, as a way of asking for forgiveness.