The Spring Festival

Topics: Chinese calendar, Han Dynasty, Han Chinese Pages: 4 (1326 words) Published: September 29, 2010
Wishing is free, so why not do that——Shoulian Zhou(my paternal grandmother)

When I was younger, I asked to my grandma that why people eat rice dumplings during the Dragon Boat Festival. She told me about Chinese traditional food and its beginning in our five thousands years old Chinese culture. My grandma said that our ancestors created lots of festivals such as The Spring Festival, The Lantern Festival, The Dragon Boat Festival, Moon Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival was created to commemorate the poet 'quyuan' who jumped into the 'Han river' and committed suicide when he heard that Qin troops finally conquered Chu's capital. We eat moon cake only on the day of the Moon Festival that was created to commemorate a love story between Chang E and Hou Yi. However, they can only meet each other on the 15th day of the eighth month of the year. People celebrate that day and make moon cakes to commemorate the story that wish for the lovers to have a round happy endind like the moon cake. However, even if we eat food in festivals, we eat the most of Chinese traditional food during the Spring Festival. The Spring Festival has a special meaning for Chinese; It is the oldest and most important of all the festivals and tied to the natural year. The celebration of the Spring Festival goes back thousands of years. The Spring Festival represents the desire for new life. However, Chinese people like to make wishes at this time. My grandma told me that " wishing is free, why not do that?" So the Chinese like to celebrate the Spring Festival by making wishes. However, the reason that we call it the Spring Festival is that the
day marks the beginning of spring and the end of winter. My grandma told me that she used the lunar calendar instead of the solar calendar. Usually, the spring festival begins on the first day of the lunar calender and ends on the fifteenth day after the lunar new year. Throughout history, the Spring Festival has had different names at different...
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