Chinese Culture In Ghana

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Chinese Culture from a Ghanaian Perspective: Comparison of Chinese and Ghanaian Festivals. Abstract In this 21st century where many cultures have been washed away or watered-down through civilization, westernization and modernization, China is one of the few nations whose culture has withstood the test of changing-times. Chinese culture is one of the oldest cultures in the world and includes conspicuous elements such music, martial arts, cuisine, literature and festivals. Ghana, on the other hand has standout cultural elements among its people groups that has equally withstood the test of changing times. Ghanaians are easily identified by their traditional clothes, food and festivals. This West African nation still has a vibrant culture which…show more content…
Some are characterized by eating festive or occasional meals and drinks while others are characterized by mourning, entertainment or merry making or a mixture of these. One similarity between Chinese and Ghanaian festivals is that both are characterized by the eating of festive foods and drinks and other edibles. Diet constitutes a vital part of Chinese festivals; the Spring festival, Dragon boat festival, Tomb-Sweeping day, Daunwu festival and other varied festivals in China are characterized by the eating of some designate meals, drinks and assorted edibles. This phenomenon is not surprising considering how diet occupies an indispensable place in Chinese…show more content…
This porridge is made out of a blend of beans, rice, wheat, raisins, peanuts, oat and other ingredients and is taken as part of the celebrative activities of the Laba festival. During the celebration of the Spring festival, also known as the Chinese New Year festival, some selected foods are eaten as part of the celebration to usher in the new year. These dishes are eaten for their symbolic meaning and are termed as “lucky foods”. These lucky foods are eaten during the 16-day celebration of the New Year festival. The eating is climaxed on New Year’s Eve, which is believed to attract good omen for the incoming year. The process of preparation and service of these dishes are equally treated as important as their consumption. Common amongst these lucky foods are; dumplings, known by Chinese as Jiaozi, New Year cake known as Nian Gao, spring rolls and fish. Noodles, sweet rice balls known as Tang Yuan and good fortune fruit add up to the earlier mentioned fruits to form the seven (7) lucky foods to eat during the Spring festival. All these diets are associated with a particular kind of luck. Fish symbolizes an increase in prosperity; dumplings and spring rolls symbolize wealth; Tang Yuan connotes family togetherness; good fortune fruit symbolize fullness and wealth; noodles symbolize happiness and longevity; Nian Gao symbolizes a higher income or a higher position. Dragon boat festival, also known as

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