On Sunday people across China celebrated the Lantern Festival, the final event of the month-long Spring Festival. Find out about the different Lantern Festival traditions around China in the CCTV English Culture Express news story People celebrate Lantern Festival around China.
Today is the eve of the Chinese New Year – wishing everyone a very Happy New Year and the very best for the coming Year of the Snake! Don’t forget to watch the web version of the Chinese New Year gala on the CCTV News website.
Today the celebrations in the lead-up to Lunar New Year continue with Little New Year (Festival of the Kitchen God).
Today is the traditional Chinese “Laba Rice Porridge Festival” celebrated on the 8th day of the 12th month in the lunar Chinese calendar, heralding the coming Spring Festival. The tradition has its roots in Buddhist practices, when on this day large Buddhist temples would offer rice porridge to the poor to show their faith to Buddha. find out more in the CNTV story “Laba Rice Porridge Festival” celebrated in China.
In 1983 a list of the “142 key Buddhist Temples in the Han Area of China” was produced, and since 2009 James Baquet has been visiting them during his holidays. His fascinating website Chinese Pilgrimage features images and brief descriptions from his “epic” three-year journey to these sometimes exquisite, always interesting temples.
You can also read the stories of James’ visits to many of these temples and other sites in the travel section of the Shenzhen Daily newspaper.
James Baquet is an American living in Shenzhen and many of his great insights into Shenzhen and its history and Chinese temples have previously been featured in Discover China News.