Chinese New Year customs

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival is the main Chinese festival of the year. Reporters as Lauren Mack and Rose Mathews have written about Chinese traditional New Year celebration. In China it is customary to offer foods that symbolize prosperity, wealth, and good health. This goes in observing superstitious beliefs or traditions, since it is also their traditions for Chinese New Year to avoid things that could bring bad luck.

As the Chinese use the lunar calendar for their festivals, the date of Chinese New Year changes from year to year. The date corresponds to the new moon. This year, 2014, their New Year Eve falls on January 31 and they are entering the year of the Horse leaving behind the year of the Snake. Yin Hengmin, the ambassador of People’s Republic of China in Belgrade told that the horse is the symbol of speed and skill and that it is very friendly with humans and animals

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Pollution in China

 “I could barely see anything from the skywalk where I transfer subway lines every morning.” Says one citizen, according to Xinhua. Pollution is a very important issue in China. It has increased as China has industrialized and it has caused many environmental and health problems not only in China but also in the sorrounding countries. 

The big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hongkon or Xianhua are having serious air pollutions plagues. The environmental protection has been long sacrificed for the sake of economic development which is also increasing. The burning of coal and the emissions of the cars in the cities are major sources of Chinese pollution.

In the last years this has gone worse and no World Social Organization has been able to aminorate it. It is true that China has strengthen regulation and pledged financial resources to flight pollution. However, it is always very difficult to control these environmental problems in countries which are emerging economically and industrially.

Source: 8:18 a.m. EST January 16, 2014- USA newspaper. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/16/china-smog-air-pollution/4504729/

In this website you can see how unhealthy is the pollution in each city of China. [http://aqicn.org/map/china/]

Irene Llona. January, 17.01.2014

Chinese Artial Mars

One of the most famous sports in China is artial mars. There are a lot of differents kind of artial mars such as Tai Chi Chuan,  Wu shu, Kung Fu, Tui Shou, Chi Kung, Self Defense, Sanshou…

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“Lotus feet”

The bandaged foot (缠足 – chánzú) was a popular practice in some parts of China until the twentieth century. Activists against bounded feet educated practitioners by telling them the perception of the outside world of this trend as a barbarity, and teaching them the advantages of normal feet. With all this, the practice was nearly eradicated, but some families continued this tradition until it was banned by the Communist government in 1949. Continue reading

The wildlife of China

Animals in China

In China there are at least more than 100 wild animal species unique including such well-known rare animals as the giant panda, golden-haired monkey, Siberian tiger, red-crowned crane and Chinese alligator. It is to say that some of this animals that I´ll speak about, are vulnerable to extinction and that they are very important for the Chinese culture as they have special significant for its people.

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TERRA- COTTA WARRIORS

The terra-cotta warriors and the horses are one of the most important archeological discoveries of the last century. They were discovered in 1974 by some people digging in Xi’an. Therse soldiers are made of clay and seem to be ready for a battle. Thousands of warriors were found in the tomb of the emperor Zhen.

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GENERAL INFORMATION OF THE CHINESE NEW YEAR

This festivity is also known as the Spring Festival, and it is the main Chinese event of the year. This celebration lasts for fifteen days at all, but the public holiday lasts for three days. During these days, the family gathers together and eat special New Year´s meals. Despite the fact that the public holiday lasts three days, celebrations keep going on during the entire holiday period.

Finally, this festivity ends with the lantern festival. This is a night of displays and painted lanterns. The most important activity during this lantern festival is the Dragon Dance. These dragons are usually made of paper, silk and bamboo; people hold them overhead and dance during their way along the parade routes.

So as to the chinese ney year in 2014, it will be the year of the Horse. It will be year 4712 on the Chinese Calendar . This year is very well known as he year of good luck; it is algo the sign of travelling, but mainly brings success. Chinese people have high expectations for horses and do not use them for farm work. It is said that horses can hel humans to win the battle. so, in conclussion, people who is born in the year of the horse is better known for taking care about their dressing, outlook and speech.

Sources:

– Chinese new year fast facts; December 20 11:35

http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/15/world/asia/chinese-new-year-fast-facts/

-Chinese New Year in China; December 20 11:45

http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/china/spring-festival

– Chinese New Year; December 20 11:50

http://www.topmarks.co.uk/chinesenewyear/chinesenewyear.aspx