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[23 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 5,126 views]
60 Years of Tiger on Zodiac Year Postage Stamps

So far, more than 90 countries and territories in the world have issued Chinese zodiac stamps. Here, I present a few tiger zodiac postage stamps which are dedicated to the world’s “Tigers”. Best wishes to everyone a healthy and happy year of the tiger!

This year is a Geng-yin Year of the Tiger. It is interesting that 60 years ago on last Gengyin Year of the Tiger, the world’s first Chinese zodiac stamp was born in Japan – of course, it was a Tiger stamp.

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[20 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Cloth Tiger: Blessing from the King of All Animals | 2,826 views]
Cloth Tiger: Blessing from the King of All Animals

Chinese folk cloth tiger is one of the most widely circulated toys. In a Chinese mind, tiger can help drive off evil and avoid disasters, is an auspicious symbol of peace, and also can protect one’s wealth.

Fifth day of in May of Lunar Calendar Year is Dragon Boat Festival. One of the popular customs is to make cloth tiger for children, or to paint a tiger face on the child’s forehead with Realgar. It means healthy, strong and brave.

Carnival »

[18 Feb 2010 | One Comment | 872 views]
China Carnival #11: Water Poet, Tea Sets, Great Wall

Happy New Year of Tiger, everyone! Welcome to the February 18, 2010 edition of china carnival. We have six posts for this month. Please enjoy!

Zhu presents The Great Wall posted at Correr Es Mi Destino, saying, “Climbing the Great Wall is tough. It’s hot and within minutes we were literally dripping sweat …

Misc »

[12 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Ten Folk Customs for Chinese New Year | 6,073 views]
Ten Folk Customs for Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is the longest and most important festivity in the Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. Ancient Chinese New Year is a reflection on how the people behaved and what they believed in the most.

Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Here I summarize ten folk typical folk customs for Chinese New Year. Hope it can help you understand better about these complicated festivities.

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[8 Feb 2010 | Comments Off on Ten Folk Music for A Happy Chinese New Year | 2,111 views]
Ten Folk Music for A Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is the happiest moment of year for Chinese people. Happiest moment must have happiest music. Here I selected ten happiest Chinese folk music for you. Wish you a happy new year of the tiger!

Folk festival music, a major tributary of Chinese folk music, has strong characteristics of secular music. It is good at the expression of lively scene of carnival, and rendering festive atmosphere.