You must have seen koi fish paintings, symbols of koi fish on souvenirs, Koi fish as a show piece or printed on the t-shirts or on greeting cards or in the gift galleries. What exactly is the Koi fish and why is it considered lucky? Let’s find out here…
Although there are many tales popular about the feng shui Koi fish but the most accepted one is connected with the birth of great Chinese philosopher Confucius. Confucius was born in 533 B.C. King Shoko of Ro presented to him a magoy, a black carp (one of the most expensive and sought after Chinese fish) as a present. If the legend is to be believed then all modern day Koi are from the magoy gifted to Confucius by king Shoko!
Since then the Chinese used the Koi fish in the rice patty fields to be used as their staple food during winters. The know-how about raising the Koi fish then passed from the Chinese to the Japanese. Japanese started breeding of Koi fish in one particular cold winter day in Niigata, Japan.
Legend behind the Japenese Niigata Koi
Due to harsh climate and extreme winter, Japanese farmers in Niigata were unable to fish and either were they able to sustain crops. But keeping patience, Japenese farmers built new ponds to raise koi in order to provide food for their families.
This was the time when suddenly farmers started observing colour alterations on the skin of the koi, which was now newly bred in these new ponds. So they hand-picked the most beautifully colored fish and continued their breeding in separate ponds to maintain as family pets. This was how Koi turned out to be quite magical fish and was bred as pets and was admired the most for its eye catching coloring. Currently, there are over 100 different shades of koi fish.
What Does the Koi Fish Symbolize?
Even if we go by its personal traits, the Koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, and it also has a wonderful ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. The other features associated with Koi include:
- Good fortune