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Chinese Folk Customs

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Language: English
Page: 235
Publication Date: 08/2009
ISBN: 9787539632568,7539632569
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Do you know how to deal with Chinese people in real Chinese way?

Do you want to understand Chinese miportant festivals and customs?

So please begin from reading this interesting book. You may appieciate the essence of traditianal Chinese culture and vivid real,colorful Chinese folk customs as well.
Table of Contents
Chapter One Chinese Folk Customs and the Four Seasons
Spring Festival——The Commencement of a Lunar New Year
Red Spring Couplets Pasted on Every Door——From Peachwood
Charms against Evil to Spring Festival Couplets
The Character "Happiness" Pasted Upside-down
Why is the Lunar New Year Celebrated with Firecrackers?
Merry Celebration of the Lantern Festival, the 15 Day of the Lunar Month
Sacrifice to the Ancestors, Spring Outings and the Qingming Festival(The Tomb-sweeping Festival)
Zongzi, Dragon-boat and the Dragon-boat Festival
What is the Double-Seventh Festival?
The Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon-Watching and Moon Cakes
The Double-Ninth Festival——The Festival for the Aged
Winter Solstice——The Winter Festival
Laba Porridge and the Laba Festival
Interesting Stories about "Sending off the Kitchen God"
About "Shousui"(Staying up Late or All Night on New Year's Eve)

Chapter Two Folk Customs and the Life of the Chinese People
Year of Birth and the Symbolic Animals
Meaningful Surnames
Birth Rituals
One-month-Old Celebration and Haircut
"Zhua Zhou" (Grabbing Test on the ~ccasion of a Baby's First Birthday)
The Significance of Naming a Child
Rituals of Coming-of-Age——Past and Presen
Multifarious Marriage Customs,
Birthday Celebration and Longevity Celebration
Funeral——The Last Scene of One's Life

Chapter Three Folk Customs and People's Daily Life
Colourful Tea Customs
"There is no banquet without alcohol-drinking "——Alcohol drinking and Chinese People
Seating Arrangement at Banquets

Chapter Four Folk Customs and Folk Language
tumorous Allegorical Folk Sayings
Street Corner Wisdom in Proverbs
Proverbs Related to Farming
Proverbs about Staying in Good Health

Chapter Five Folk Customs and Folk Beliefs
The Misery-Relieving Goddess Kwan-yin
The Sea Goddess Mazu
The Ever-smiling Buddha Maitreya
The Eight Immortals Cross the Sea,Each Reveals its Divine Power
Mountain Gods, River Gods and Thunder Gods
Earth Gods and Earth God Tempies
Guan Yu and the Lord Guan Temple
Why Town God's Temple is Found Everywhere?
The Highly-worshiped Gods of Fortune
Gift Money and Protective Talismans
Eight Treasures and Eight Mascots
Jade and Traditional Folk Beliefs
Yangko Dance and Walking on Stilts
Festive Lantern and Dragon Lantern
The Age-old Paper-cut Art
The Story of the Door Gods
Exotic New Year Pictures
The Appealing Chinese Shadow Play

Chapter Six Folk Customs and Folk Arts
Chapter Seven Traditional Festivals Celebrated by Ethnic Minorities
The Cheerful Singing-Song Festival of the Zhuang Nationality
The Jubilant Water-Splashing Festival of the Dai Nationality
The Exciting Torch Festival of the Yi Nationality
The Joyous Reed Pipe Festival of the Miao Nationality
The Grand Shoton Festival of the Tibetans
The Kuzhazha Festival of the Hani Nationality
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The name "Lantern Festival" or "the night of lanterns" originated from the custom of decorating and appreciating the lanterns. In the East Han Dynasty, Buddhism was introduced to China, in the belief of which firelight was compared to the god of power, and lanterns were used as a kind of sacrificial vessels before Buddha. The Emperor Ming of the Han Dynasty issued an edict of lighting up the lanterns as a worship service on the night of 15th day of the 1st lunar month and went to attend the service in person, and the practice was handed down for generations.
Since its debut, the Lantern Festival had become a grand event of the year in all historical times. In the Southern and Northern Dynasties (420-589 A.D.), the Emperor Jian Wen of Kingdom Liang wrote a famous essay Poem of the Lanterns inspired by the spectacular celebration. In the Tang Dynasty, the festival became a fixed holiday and lasted three days, and the curfew of the capital city Changan was lifted during the three nights so as to give people a chance to enjoy lanterns. On the festival nights, the capital city was a scene of hustle and bustle while people were swarming in the streets with an air of excitement. In his poem The night of the Upper Yuan Festival, Cui Ye wrote. "Who could sit still when the moonlight shone and left the lanterns behind?" And Su Weidao wrote in his poem The night of 15th day of the 18` Lunar Month, "The tree of flame accompanies the flower of silver, and the iron chains links the bridge of stars." The term "the tree of flame and the flower of silver" became a popular simile for describing the fantastic view of the lanterns and the fireworks.
In the Tang Dynasty, when the country was quite rich and powerful, the fair of lanterns was also an occasion for the royalties to show off their wealth. According to the chronicle of Kai Yuan and Tian Bao periods(713-756 A.D.), Li Longji, the Emperor Tang Ming Huang of the Tang Dynasty, demanded to build a lantern mansion with a height of 150 chi shining its light above the whole capital city. The Lady Han ordered to build a lantern tree with a height of 80 chi to overshadow the mansion. "The tree stood on a high hill, and when lighted up on the festival night, its splendor could be seen from far away."
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