This year, the Spring Equinox falls on Mar. 21, right in the middle of the northern hemisphere’s spring. After the Spring Equinox, the weather gets warmer and plants begin to grow anew.
The Chinese yo-yo, otherwise known as the Chinese diabolo, is a traditional Chinese toy which requires a lot training to play gracefully with.
Vocal mimicry, or “Kouji” in Chinese, is an art form that mimicks different noisesusing the mouth, teeth, lips, tongue, throat, and cheeks. It has a history of 2,300 years in China.
Beijing Embroidery, also known as Imperial Embroidery, was used only on imperial robes during the Ming and Qing dynasties. With more than 1,000 years of history, Beijing Embroidery is known as one of the eight exquisite handicrafts of Beijing.
China has a sophisticated system of customs when it comes to weddings. From engagement to the wedding night, customs vary from region to region and ethnic minority to ethnic minority.
The Yi people from Qiubei County in China’s Yunnan Province traditionally celebrate Face Painting Festival through the whole second month of the lunar calendar. People use black pigment to paint each other’s faces to express love and blessings.
“Making a puppet come alive is what makes a true puppeteer,” said Lu Baogang, director of the Beijing Shadow Show Troupe.
Tu’er Ye, or the Rabbit God, is a symbol of old Beijing. Figurines depicting the Rabbit God are usually sold during the Mid-autumn Festival in Beijing. The figurines are said to bring good luck, good health, and safety. We have invited a fifth generation clay Rabbit God sculptor to tell us more about the history and story of the Rabbit God.
An embroidery workshop in an impoverished county in Inner Mongolia not only promotes Mongolian culture, but also helps local women out of poverty.
The National Museum of China now has a wide range of canine-inspired artifacts on display to celebrate the Year of the Dog.