Don’t forget to set a place for the hungry ghost

It is believed that at this time the gates to the spirit world are open and ghosts move freely as they please. Ancestors can influence a person’s luck in this life and so during the festival the Chinese have extravagant family meals always setting a place for any deceased family members.

Ullambana, The Hungry Ghost Festival 

Cultivate the domestic goddess in you with some melon carving for your lover!

Qi Qiao Jie (or the seventh eve) is often called Chinese Valentine’s Day and is a day devoted to love. There’s no chocolates or roses as in the western world but girls practise their melon carving skills in the hope of impressing their man

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The last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations is Yuan-Xiao (the Lantern Festival). Send your hopes and dreams off into the night sky by the light of the full moon…

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Picture: Chinese Lantern Festival by ConstantineD, on Flickr

Don’t forget to set a place for the hungry ghost…

This lovely Chinese festival has many rituals and customs. It is believed that throughout the whole month deceased relatives come to visit. The gates of Hell are open and certain activities are deemed risky as you may be dragged down into the Underworld. This includes swimming or being near water – as superstition has it that the souls of the damned dwell in the water just waiting for you to come near so they can pull you under! 

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Picture: hungry ghost by poji a.k.a namerumonka, on Flickr

Happy Vesak Day China, Happy Birthday Buddha!

“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly”

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Picture: Bathing Buddha by hkdigit, on Flickr

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Picture: Qingming Festival 14 by Rita Álvarez Tudela, on Flickr

A walk in the countryside and a song in your heart is all you need to find love

Originally Shangsi was all about rituals to ward off disaster, keep evil spirits at bay, to hope for marriage and pray to be blessed with children.

As an ancient festival for matchmaking and fertility, it has been celebrated in many different ways over the years, which has lead to a variety of traditions all over China today. In Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, for example, women who do not have children eat pumpkin because it is believed that they will have boys.

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Hold on to to you hats as the tranquil year of the rabbit makes way for the exhilarating year of the Dragon, which will be marked by excitement, unpredictability and intensity!

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Picture: Chinese Dragon by L2F1, on Flickr

Ice lanterns were a winter-time tradition in northeast China during the Qing Dynasty as the area bears the brunt of the cold winter wind from Siberia with average temperatures as low as -16.8C. The local peasants and fishermen often made ice lanterns to use at night during the winter months and now every year for most of January huge ice blocks are carved into sculptures and buildings to create a glittering Ice and Snow World. As night falls, the gigantic sculptures are illuminated up in a spectrum of colours.

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Picture: Harbin Snow & Ice Festival by Trent Strohm on flickr

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Look out for a beautiful full moon!

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