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Various activities across China to celebrate Spring Festival

02-01-2014 12:26 BJT Special Report: 2014 Spring Festival |

Chinese Lunar New Year, which is also known as Spring Festival in the country 2014 is the Year of the Horse. In Chinese culture, the zodiac of the Horse is a symbol of perseverance, diligence, and of course speed and determination to succeed.

Ditan, or Temple of Earth, is the site of the altar where sacrifices were formerly offered to
the earth god. The Fair features reenactments of traditional Ming and Qing ceremonies to
worship the God of Earth.

Yes, you are in the city of Beijing, but not back in the Qing Dynasty.

It is the city’s busiest temple fair --- the Ditan Park temple fair. Ditan, or Temple of Earth, is the site of the altar where sacrifices were formerly offered to the earth god. The Fair features reenactments of traditional Ming and Qing ceremonies to worship the God of Earth.

Here comes the stilt walkers in northwest Gansu’s Ku-shui County its a six-hundred year old traditional activity held during the Spring Festival. Different from ordinary stilt walking, this is much higher---about 3.3 meters tall.

Families train their children from a young age.

The ultimate performers are selected from the most skillful in the county.

And time for some modern shows in Hong Kong, the first day of the Year of Horse was greeted with a carnival.

Over 30 performers’ groups from all over the globe joined the show.

"I did not think before that such a big celebration, and I am very surprised that all the people are here in the celebrating mood, it is very cool." Marcel Nguyen, German Gymnast said.

"Very nice indeed, very bright very colourful, a lovely time to be here in the new year." a British tourist said.

In Taiwan, a line stretching as far as five kilometres formed in front of a temple in the central county of Nantou.

People were there to receive good luck charms which are believed to bring wealth in the new year. And in north-east Hei-long-jiang’s Xue-xiang Village, a sleigh race drew hundreds of competitors and visitors.

The race winner says the competition signifies "taking the lead" and "success". And of course, we wish you a prosperous year of the horse. Happy Lunar New Year.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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