A Daruma doll is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen tradition of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man, vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered a toy by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement.
The Daruma is also an interesting good luck charm. Once you decide on your goal or wish, you color in one of the eyes. Once you have completed your goal do you get to color in the other eye, the Daruma purpose now fulfilled.
Daruma Color Symbolism
Yellow/Gold: Money, income, promotion
Pink: Love, marriage
Purple: Longevity, wisdom
Black: Business prosperity, success