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禧 is the type of happiness known in the west as "joy."
The radical on the right side of this character is often seen alone (with the same meaning - and we do recommend that version because it's more universal).
喜 is the Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and Korean Hanja for the kind of happiness known in the west as "joy."
喜 can also be translated as rejoice, enjoyment, delighted, pleased, or "take pleasure in." Sometimes it can mean, "to be fond of" (in a certain context).
If you write two of these happiness/joy characters side by side, you create another character known in English as "double happiness," which is a symbol associated with weddings and a happy marriage.
There is another version of this character that you will find on our website with an additional radical on the left side (exactly same meaning, just an alternate form). The version of happiness shown here is the commonly written form in China, Japan and South Korea (banned in North Korea).
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|qiáo yī / qiao2 yi1 / qiao yi / qiaoyi||ch`iao i / chiaoi / chiao i|
|禧||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|喜||ki / yorokobi||xǐ / xi3 / xi||hsi|
|In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.|
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.