Traditional Chinese Traditions: Christmas And Spring Festivals In China

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Traditional Chinese Festivals As you know, China has been a great power since the Antiquity, and not only economically speaking, but also historical. China creates an entire bouquet of oriental traditions that are still respected and eagerly expected even in the present. Here are some of the most relevant examples: Spring Festival In China, the most important holiday is the Spring Festival. In this period of time people around the country come back home and for a half of month the transportation systems are very busy. Mostly, this festival represents what Christmas is for the people in the West and just like our Christmas, the Spring Festival starts annually at the begging of the 12th month of the year and it lasts until the middle of the first month, next year. The difference between Christmas and Spring Festival is that it takes place at the different period of time because Chinese people don’t follow the Gregorian calendar like West people do. This holyday has its origins in c. 1600 BC-c. 1100 BC period, in the Shang Dynasty and it appeared because of the need of people to celebrate the end of a year and the begging of another. An important part of the tradition is the food. In north China they eat nianga, that means "higher and higher, one year after another “which is a cake made of glutinous rice flour. In southern China jiaozi is the most popular type of food for this holiday. Jiaozi is a type of food eaten at breakfast and with the shape of an ancient gold ingot.

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