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Year of the Rooster hosts two Start of Spring

2017-02-03 14:26:28

Since the Year of the Rooster will be longer than usual, starting on January 28, 2017, and ending on February 16, 2018, it will include two versions of the "Start of Spring", with the second one falling on Feb 4, 2018.

Video: Years past, love lasts

2017-01-28 14:08:05

Video: Years past, love lasts

Video: Flash mob celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year

2017-01-28 14:05:42

Video: Flash mob celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year

How do people celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year?

2017-01-28 06:47:51

Fireworks play an important part of CNY celebrations.

The Dragon Boat Festival

2017-01-27 14:24:26

The Dragon Boat Festival is one of the traditional festivals of China. On the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar, people join the dragon boat races and eat Zongzi, a kind of sticky rice dumplings. This has been a tradition for thousands of years.

Video: What is Chinese Lunar New Year?

2017-01-27 07:01:44

CNY is Chinese New Year. This year it falls on January 27 according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

Rooster: A good-luck charm or an inspiration for belligerence

2017-01-27 05:02:28

2017's zodiac animal is a domestic fowl that we consume without giving it much thought.

Tibetans celebrate Fairy's Day

2016-12-14 15:42:07

Worshippers celebrate the Fairy's Day at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, capital of Southwest China's Tibet autonomous region, Dec 13, 2016. The annual event commemorating Buddha Aleanterre Brahm falls on the 15th day of the 10th month of the Tibetan calendar every year.

Major Snow

2016-12-08 08:18:48

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Major Snow, the 21st solar term of the year, begins this year on Dec 7 and ends on Dec 20.

What's 24 Solar Terms?

2016-12-01 13:55:33

The 24 solar terms is a gross name of the system that consists of 12 major solar terms and 12 minor solar terms. Ancient Chinese divided the circle of the annual motion of the sun into 24 equal segments; each segment was called a “jie qi” or solar term. Hence the 24 segments are collectively called the 24 Solar Terms. This system of time embodies the traditional knowledge and the social practices through which Chinese organize their perception of the regularity of seasons, of astronomical laws and of other local natural phenomena occurring in the course of the year. It is an indispensable component of the traditional Chinese calendars and its living applications, serving as a time-frame for agricultural activities and daily life. In international circle of meteorology, this cognitive system has been honored as the Fifth Great Invention of China.

The UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has adopted a decision that China's "The 24 Solar Terms" be inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 11th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on November 30, 2016.

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