Originating during the Shang Dynasty (about 17th - 11th century BC), the Chinese Spring Festival has more than 4,000 years of history. It also called the Lunar New Year, which is the grandest and the most important festival for Chinese people. Spring Festival is also the time for entire families to get together, which is similar to Christmas Day for Christians.
On January 16, Hanbridge Mandarin Language School held a Chinese Spring Festival-themed evening of fun at Fraser Place in Shekou, a luxury apartment and residential hotel. The event introduced participants to the ways in which the Chinese celebrate Spring Festival. Spring Festival is the most important traditional holiday in China, and Hanbridge Mandarin teachers led activities such as writing couplets about Spring Festival, drawing Chinese opera masks, and making Chinese paper cut art.
Spring Festival couplets are written to express hopes and blessings for the New Year. Then, people attach them to their front door.
Cut paper art is an ancient Han custom, usually done for festivals. So before Spring Festival all across China people make or buy the intricate pieces of art to put in their windows. Red cut paper is particularly connected to the Spring Festival tradition.
Children are especially fascinated by the traditional Chinese opera masks and enjoy drawing and coloring them for Spring Festival. It is a chance for kids to be creative and make unique designs for everyone to enjoy.
A nice feature of the Hanbridge Mandarin-sponsored activity is that participants got the chance to make a Spring Festival gift, and then through drawing a number, exchanged gifts with each other. It was a fun way to wish each other Happy Chinese New Year and send blessings to everyone. But the point of the getting together really is not I just to exchange gifts but to experience the charm of Chinese culture.