Kung Fu may be the first thing that comes into mind for most people when they think of China, thanks to Bruce Lee and Kung Fu Panda. If you are familiar with Kung Fu than you should know that sects are distinguished among each other where no transfer or crossover is allowed. Surprisingly, there is another sector that follows a strict, if not stricter, set of rules as Kung Fu, and it is Chinese Food.
If you have lived in China for long enough, you will know that there is more than two languages in China: Mandarin and Cantonese. Actually, each municipality or province has their own language. Chinese even had the time to create a ranking list for it. For instance, the softest dialect is Chengdunese, the most rhythmic dialect is Cantonese, the most welcoming dialect is Changshanese, and the manliest dialect is Chongqingnese. Language in so many ways shapes our culture, lives and even personalities.
Chinese Red Knots
The Chinese New Year and Spring Festival are important events in China, both celebrations employ Chinese knots as a decorative emblem to represent harmony and prosperity among the Chinese community. The Chinese Knots are also important in wedding ceremonies as a representation of the merge between the hair of the bride and groom. However, its presence is not only symbolic at the same time has a practical function. For example, in the ancient China each knot represented a unit for enumerating situations or to keep record for a specific activity.
Dragon Boat Festival Origins
On the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (June 20th this year) the annual Dragon Boat Festival will return to the waterways of China. The festival has a history of over 2,000 years and is believed to celebrate the life and efforts of poet and patriot Qu Yuan. Qu Yuan was known for writing beautiful pieces that glorified his nation but got him exiled for his strong opinion. Some believe that dragon boats represent the rowboats that raced to rescue Qu Yuan after he drowned himself in the river.