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Hungry Ghost Month

According to traditional Chinese belief, the seventh month in the lunar calendar is when restless spirits roam the earth. King Yama opens the gates of hell on the first day and it’s denizens then roam around looking for peculiar entertainment, … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 5th

On the fifth we will pass into the period of of Clear and Bright, the seventh of the solar terms. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Mid Autumn Festival Mon 24th Sep

As one of the most important traditional Chinese festivals, Mid-Autumn Festival, falls on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, Sept 27 this year. This day is also considered as a harvest festival since fruits, vegetables and grain are harvested by this time. … Continue reading

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Caturday Thoughts – Zhongyuan Festival

I love festivals of all kinds, but especially ones connected with either food or folklore. This Saturday is the Zhongyuan Festival, also known as Ullambana Festival among Buddhists, falls on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month of the … Continue reading

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Dia de Muertos

This year the celebration of Dia de Muertos starts on the evening of October 31 and continues to November 2. I find this Mexican holiday of honoring the dead one of my favorite expressions of this desire. It’s about family … Continue reading

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Clear and Bright qīng míng 清明 Apr 4th

On the fourth we passed into the period of Clear and Bright. It is clear and bright (when it’s not raining), and the weather becomes noticeably warmer. A misnomer, particularly in southern China, but perhaps more accurate for where I … Continue reading

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