Chinese traditions

Chinese traditions

Chinese New Year: The Year of the Ox explained
The year 2021 is still young. But for the majority of Chinese people, the year has yet to start.  According to the traditional Chinese calendar, or lunar calendar, the new year begins on February 12, when the world will then formally enter the Year of the Ox.  For millennia, ancient Chinese people relied on a calendar system to calculate and record time, dates and years. At the core of these measures is the Chinese zodiac, a group of 12 animal symbols, each assigned to a new year that repeats every twelve years.   The twelve animals — Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig — appear in the same order, meaning we are in year two of a 12-year cycle.  L
To love, honor and obey the law: Chinese bride, 13, sent back to school
A 13-year-old girl in southern China was ordered to go back to school after generating an online buzz for getting married to a 17-year-old boy. The teenagers were wedded in a formal ceremony based on local customs last week after developing a romantic relationship for over a year, the Guiyu township government in Shantou, Guangdong province, said in a statement over the weekend. They planned to get official marriage registration when they were old enough, as many child couples do in rural China. By Chinese law, a man has to be at least 22 years old to get married and a woman at least 20. We didn’t know [it was illegal]. We have now let them take the girl home, to go back to school Mother of
Halloween proves scary for fans of traditional Chinese festivals
Like their peers in the West, many children on the mainland had an enjoyable weekend as they wore colorful and cute costumes and went trick-and-treating to celebrate Halloween. But a father in Sichuan province in southwestern China said he was concerned that western celebrations are increasingly diluting traditional festivals in the ancient civilization. The comments reignited a debate about if it was acceptable to celebrate Western festivities in China. In a video that went viral on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Monday, a man scolded a staff member at an after-school training organization in Mianyang city for celebrating Halloween, saying this was “ruining the positive energy [of the count
Making traditional Chinese paper
Xuan paper, or traditional rice paper, is widely used in Chinese painting and calligraphy.  The paper has a history of more than 1,000 years. It originated from Xuancheng City in the eastern province of Anhui. The manufacturing process goes through over 100 stages, and it takes at least one year to make.  The Cao family has been making Xuan paper since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The craft has been passed down the generations.  Check out the gallery to see how the paper is made.