by Roy Preece on Tue, Oct 03 2017
Our moon is especially beautiful at this time of year. Mostly we don’t much notice the rising and setting of the moon, but astronomical events do tend to force it on our attention in September-October.
Chinese love an excuse for families to get together, as we have noted before, and eat special food and have fun. They have many festival days, often based on the traditional farming calendar.
Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, is the time of the second... Read more
by Roy Preece on Thu, Sep 28 2017
In September university tutors in England who have international students from Taiwan may be pleasantly surprised to receive unexpected presents, for the 28th of September is celebrated in Taiwan as National Teachers’ Day. The role of teaching is honoured in Chinese society, although as so often with respected occupations everywhere, that does not mean that teachers are well-paid or powerful. On this day pupils show their respect and thanks to their teachers for their education, and this is usually well-deserved since education in Taiwan, as in many Asian countries, is generally excellent. Children may also perform little ceremonies or concerts... Read more
by Christina Barker on Wed, Aug 16 2017
The Hungry Ghost Month (鬼月, Guǐ Yuè) is a traditional Buddhist and Taoist holiday held in Asian countries during the seventh lunar month. This is usually celebrated in August or September, depending on the lunar calendar.
The highlight of the month is the Hungry Ghost Festival, which this year is held on Friday 25th August.
In celebration of Ghost Month We've provided you with all you need to make... Read more
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by Roy Preece on Mon, Apr 03 2017
A great day for Chinese families, and one of the most popular Chinese festivals, takes place today on April 4th It’s called ‘Tomb Sweeping Day’. It’s also called ‘Clear Brightness Festival’ or Qing Ming, and it has many meanings for Chinese people. Qing Ming combines two important traditions of Chinese life.
Respect for ancestors is an ancient tradition, and Tomb Sweeping Festival dates back at least 2500 years. It is celebrated in various ways throughout Chinese communities in Asia. It is a public holiday which can involve everyone in a community; the famous Read more
by Stephanie Henwood on Tue, Feb 14 2017
Today here in the UK, amongst many others, we celebrate Valentine’s day; February 14th each year marks the day that we honour our lovers and express our affection through gift. Widely presented as flowers, confectionary and greetings cards.
Traditionally, the day symbolises an admiration for early saints such as St Valentinus. It is a recognised and significant celebration across cultures throughout the world but is not a marked public holiday.
China is one of the few countries that do not traditionally celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14th. Instead, we celebrate our romantic attachments on 7th day of the 7th... Read more
by Stephanie Henwood on Tue, Feb 14 2017
15 days after the first day of the new lunar calendar (Chinese New Year’s Day) greets us with another, widely celebrated festival – The Lantern Festival, or Spring Lantern Festival.
The Lantern Festival is the second most significant celebration in the lunar calendar (after Chinese New Year) and is a celebration of the coming of light. There are other, varying beliefs surrounding Lantern Festival but the one that I like to follow is the belief surrounding the escape from the darkness of... Read more
by Suyen Hu on Wed, Nov 23 2016
My hair has become white and untidy;
But still I stay up all night by the fireplace to see the New Year in.
I light the candles and drink up my wine; I empty my purse for the children to buy gifts to celebrate this Spring Festival.
When I hear the firecrackers banging, I feel excited; when I see people posting their poems on each other’s doors, I want to read the poems.
There are sounds of... Read more
by Suyen Hu on Fri, Jan 06 2017
by Stephanie Henwood on Thu, Jan 05 2017
This traditional, pre-Chinese New Year, holiday promotes good fortune for the coming year.
‘La’ is a Chinese character with the meaning of offering sacrifices to gods and ancestors. ‘Ba’ is the number eight. The festival falls on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month. This will be 15th January on the lunar calendar but if using the western calendar then it falls on 11th February this year.
The festival was not traditionally celebrated on a particular date until the influence of Buddhism came along - much later during the southern and northern dynasties. This is when the... Read more
by Stephanie Henwood on Mon, Oct 10 2016
Seniors Day Celebrations
Today is the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese calendar (09 October 16) and the day we celebrate Double Ninth Festival... More modernly known as 'Seniors Day'.
We have spent the day enjoying roast pig, eating Chongyang cake for afters and burning incense sticks. But more importantly, we have enjoyed our time spent with our elders.
Today we make that extra special effort for Grandma's and Grandpa's with displays of affection for their significance in our lives.
Snowflake Books have teamed up with... Read more
by Suyen Hu on Wed, Sep 14 2016
We have selected two beautiful legends from the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. Both stories are about beautiful ladies. The first one is a bit sad and is about a lady called Chang E. The second one is a happy story about a princess called Nong Yu. You can find Nong Yu’s story in our book Dragon Tales: Stories of Chinese Dragon. It is called ‘A Good Son in-law’.
by Stephanie Henwood on Tue, Sep 06 2016
Mid-Autumn Festival, or otherwise known as ‘Moon Festival’ is the harvest festival celebrated by Chinese during the 8th Month of the Chinese Calendar.
It is interesting to find that eastern and western calendars differ, for example; According to Chinese lunar calendar, the 8th month is the second month of Autumn. In the UK Autumn begins in September (the 9th month for westerners).
Moon Festival is generally celebrated on 15th day of the 8th month. This is because it is calculated to be the middle... Read more
by Christina Barker on Tue, Aug 09 2016
This Chinese festival celebrates the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver girl in Chinese mythology. It falls on the seventh day of the 7th month on the Chinese lunar calendar and is now more commonly known as ‘Chinese Valentines day, or Double Seventh Festival (On double Seventh day).
The festival originated from the tale of The Weaver Girl and Cowheard, a romantic legend... Read more
by Suyen Hu on Thu, Jan 28 2016
Did you know that Chinese festivals take place according to the lunar calendar?
The New Year starts on the first new moon after the sun enters the constellation of Aquarius. This system helps to keep the lunar calendar in step with the solar calendar. The traditional farmers’ work calendar divides the year into twenty-four fortnightly periods starting from New Year.
Did you know that the most important meal of the whole year for Chinese people is the family reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve when every member of the family tries to... Read more