The Red Thread of Destiny is a belief that comes from an old Chinese legend. Also known as the red thread of fate or red string of fate, it means that people who are destined to meet are tied together with an invisible red thread.
An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle but will never break.
According to the Chinese myth, the gods tied an invisible red thread around the ankles of a man and a woman who were destined to meet and get married. The myth is similiar to the Western concept of "soulmates". According to Chinese legend, the deity in charge of "the red thread" is believed to be Yue Xia Lao, the old lunar matchmaker god who is also in charge of marriages.
While most commonly thought of as being about two lovers, connected by a thin, red string of fate, the proverb does not discriminate the type or limit itself to one specific relationship. The term is also very popular among families who adopt children from China. The saying is that when a baby is born, he or she is already connected to the important people in his or her life. And as each birthday passes, the threads shorten and tighten, bringing closer together those who are fated to be together. The red thread becomes an important symbol during the adoption process and helps parents feel connected to the child they are waiting to adopt.
Wearing red thread bracelets is a great way to symbolize the strong bonds with the loved ones in your life now, and the ones you haven't even met yet. It is a constant reminder that we are all interconnected. Our lives are invisibly tied to those whose destinies touch ours.
AJ Panda has a large selection of red thread bracelets in both children and adult sizes. They make great gifts for family, friends, or people who are adopting or have adopted a child.
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