Tag Archives: Spring Festival

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make me a match

As we are approaching the Spring Festival, many young Chinese are dreading their visit home. The long travel, the rigid traditions with no room for rest and, of course, all the nosy personal questions that one would rather avoid. Particularly afflicted are single women over the age of thirty. Though they might be successful in Read More…

Chinese New Year Series III

In our previous post we already discussed such esoteric terms as heavenly stems and terrestrial branches, but I am afraid there is more to come. In order to understand the many roles that the traditional calendar has in China, as well as understand the rules that govern how the calendar is set up, we will Read More…

Chinese New Year Series I

We are approaching the Chinese Spring Festival (春节 ChūnJié) or the Chinese New Year. The coming year, celebrated on the 19th of February, will be the  year of the goat (羊 Yáng). 19th February must sound like an odd date to celebrate the beginning of something, but let’s see what are the reasons behind it. Read More…

Public and National Holidays in China

China, obviously is a country whose government is not associated with any religion. In the past, buddhism and taoism were taking turns in influencing (at times, when the emperor himself was affiliated with a particular religion,  single-handedly deciding) the national policy, but that was all over and done with when the era of communism started Read More…

Why All the Fuss Around New Year’s Gala?

I’ve recently mentioned how watching Spring Festival gala is something one must do on the eve of Spring Festival. Strangely enough,many people also told me they don’t particularly enjoy watching it. I decided to dig deeper and conduct my own investigation, by interviewing young professionals about what CCTV New Year’s Gala means to them and Read More…

Red, Red Wine

It’s funny really, but due to some cultural characteristics white (grape) wine is somewhat under-appreciated in China. As a fan, I was quite affected, and I decided to get to the bottom of this mystery, only to be faced with the following (shocking, mind-blowing, kind-a-obvious) discovery: Firstly, the existence of Baijiu should be mentioned, (we Read More…

Survival Skills: How to Handle Your First Spring Festival

If you have a Chinese (boy/girl) friend, you will most probably be invited to their home for the celebration. Do say yes;  this will give you an invaluable insight into Chinese culture (and some pretty hilarious, post-Baijiu – photos!) So yes, it is a big honor, but at the same time, it will also be Read More…

Chinese New Year aka Spring Festival

Imagine combining traditions of Christmas and New Year’s bang, and possibly the celebrations of 4th of July in US. Imagine a constant bang, puff and pang for a period of fifteen days; imagine eerily deserted streets covered with inches and inches of gunpowder and red paper wraps (from the firecrackers), and you’ll get close to Read More…

Let’s Talk About Jiaozi

It is said that culturally, China is divided into Northern and Southern China; there are also other differences: sense of humor, people’s character (hard in the North, and soft in the South); the fact that the North enjoys central heating throughout the winter (while we are stuck with a dry (useless) A/C here, South of Read More…

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