Qingming festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, falls on April 5, is a time to remember and honor ancestors, in most part of China, to visit and sweep graves and burial grounds for deceased. It’s originates from “Hanshi Day” – means “Days of cold food only” – 2000 years ago, a special occasion in honor of Jiezitui for his death in fire due to loyalty to his master and indifference for fame and fortune.
“Gan da” roughly equals to the role of godfather for a child in western culture, except that it has nothing to do with religion, only to adding one more person caring for that child’s upbring and future development.
Eggs could be painted into colorful appearance, then hidden somewhere for the children to look for, they are Easter eggs, when colored merely in red and hard-boiled, – for a convenient distribution, also could be eaten directly, – they are Blessed eggs to celebrate a new birth, generally for one-month-old.
This pendant necklace is customized exclusively for children, as an amulet, against evil spirit, function as Stone Lions to accompany children. Hammered from brass or silver, they are carefully designed, prettily engraved with motifs of auspicious meaning and inscriptions of blessing.
Life is a puzzle, it takes years to solve. So what kind of person a new-born would be? How about his or her future vocation, taste, personality, ..? Life itself gives answer later, simple hints could also be revealed by the baby themselves at early stage.
What’s going on? Underneath that straw hat? Seems these two guys are shaking hands, or exchange something, with enough awareness to avoid being noticed.
The Museum of Folklore in Baoji area opened on 19th this month. It’s situated where the Bronze Museum formerly locates, which has been removed into other place.
Baoji area is one of the major cradles of China’s ancient civilization. Yandi emperor, a mythological figure, taught farmers how to cultivate crops here 4000 years ago, which is considered the origin of Chinese agriculture, and Yandi himself, is viewed as an ancestor of Chinese people, along with Huangdi, – that’s why the Chinese people always call themselves as the descendants of the Yan and Huang emperors.
“Ranghuo” is a commonly-used dialect vocabulary in this region, for something which is very soft and pliable, and if applied to describe personality, that person must be very agreeable, kind and easy to approach, so you could image naturally how the quality and the mouth feel of this local food would be when this adjective introduced as its name.
Their presentation make their name, Paopao’yougao, – Paopao means bubble, and yougao indicates the real content – an oil cake.
This local food in Sanyuan county has a proper name – Gedamian, Geda, a typical colloquial expression in this region for “knot” or “lump”, describing accurately the appearance of this noodle.
It’s pre-cooked, could be eaten directly without heating up, – simply mixed with diced meat, exactly like the spaghetti from Italy, – very tasty for some. Or just pour them into the hot sour soup, forming a bowl of steaming noodle, – my preferred way.