Traditional Spring Festival Activity – Temple Fairs

 

The Spring Festival is around the corner. The Chinese families are gathering together from afar, and preparing for the new year. The auspicious Zodiac animal of this year will be the Monkey. During the Spring Festival, one of the most popular activities for Chinese people is to go to the Temple Fairs which are usually held in cultural attractions in Sichuan themed ranging from the Three Kongdoms, the Ancient Shu Kingdom, folk customs, poetry and food.

Chengdu Temple Fair
Chengdu Temple Fair

As the cultural center of Sichuan, Chengdu generally hold many temple fairs each year, such as the Chengdu Temple Fair, Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival, Chengdu Dufu Festival, etc. It is said the Temple Fair of this year will be held double during Feb 7 to Feb 10 and Feb 22 and focus on the Three Kingdom History, Silk Road Culture and monkey. The Jinsha Sun Festival will show the brilliant cultural achievements created by the ancient Chengdu. The Dufu Festival comes to the 7th this year, and is a great chance for people to reminisce this great poet of Tang Dynasty.

Chengdu Temple Fair
Chengdu Temple Fair

The Season of Spring Thus Onto

Today is Lichuan according to Chinese 24 Farming calendar. It symbolizes the beginning of spring. It also gives good wishes to the upcoming year. Lichun usually falls around Chinese New Year that is why the Chinese New year is also called Spring Festival. Lichuan marks the beginning of a new year and reminds people to prepare to work.

Onto Spring
Lichun

However Lincun follows the western Calendar instead of the Chinese Lunar calendar as we used it before. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is also called Farming Calendar because most of Chinese people in a thousand years ago are farmers. Our ancestors need some calendar to record the change of the season in order to to punctual on farming.

Happy Lichun!

Important Events and Festivals in Chengdu

International Food & Tour Festival of China

It has been held by Chengdu government for a consecutive 11 years since 2004. This is one of the major food events in China. As Chengdu is also named a gourmet city, this festival has brought a larger popularity in both China and the world. Time of the festival is not set; it can be in July or October every year.

Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival

It is celebrated at Jinsha Museum each year during Chinese New Year. This celebration includes the display of the glorious history and civilization of Ancient Shu Kingdom to show the courageous, unified and integrated part of Chinese people. It is an amazing journey to participate in this activity.

Chengdu Flower Festival

Chengdu Flower Festival
Chengdu Flower Festival

Chengdu is one of the places in history that was called a city of flowers especially city of hibiscus flowers. According to the tradition that there is a birthday of all the flowers, which falls on the 15th day of the second month in Chinese Lunar Calendar, hence this specific day and the days around are made a Flower Fare around Chengdu. At present the place to hold this festival is mainly at Qingyang Taoist Temple. It used to be a time for people to have a spring break from work. Families would take the day off and go out to see the flowers with friends and drink tea or wine together. This is a time when people buy and sell flowers, exchange ideas of flower raising experiences, etc. Also for the many people been attracted to this event, there are usually lots of food and other items to be sold at the Fair. There is a famous poem written by Luyou that is familiar to every Chinese: 当年走马锦城西,曾为梅花醉似泥;二十里路香不断,青羊宫到浣花溪. (Long ago I traveled through west Chengdu and was drunk from the smell of plum flowers. Today ride for 20 li to see the flowers from Qingyang Temple to Huanhuaxi Park)

Chengdu Plum Blossom Festival

This festival is featured with Plum Flower solely. It is held at Xinfu Plum Forest at Sanshengxiang by the second month of Chinese Lunar Calendar each year. The plum forest is one of the four major forests of its kind. It covers a total area of over 3000 mu and has over 200 different kinds of plum trees and over 200,000 trees. It is a marvelous sea of flowers when they bloom.

Tazishan Lantern Festival

It is also a traditional festival celebrated at Tazishan Park at each Lantern Festival 2 weeks after the Chinese New Year. It was originated from the lantern fair from ancient times. During the festival, acrobatics, traditional music instrument playing and many snacks are full of the park. Each year a million visitors are recorded to this park to attend this festival.

Chengdu Grand Fair

It is also held during the Chinese New Year. The location is by Wuhou Shrine as a tradition. Dragon Dancing and food are the highlights.

Where the locals like to spend Spring Festival resort in Sichuan?

Though many people have already returned back to their job, while it is still in the middle of Spring festival according to Chinese tradition. The Spring Festival is the biggest event for each Chinese family. Different family spend the festival with different way. Well, most people choose to stay at home with their families to enjoy the lovely gathering time. But recent years, more and more people like to go out to spend a spectacular Spring Festival. So what kind of places people like to go in Spring Festival?

People often prefer places which have Buddhist monasteries or Taoist temples. You may ask why? As you know, the Spring Festival is a special festival which is bursting with happiness and bless. So people usually like to pray for good blessing from God or ancient ancestors in Spring Festival. When people plan a vacation in Spring Festival, they put the cultural blessing as the prior factors. Of course the places which have both culture and nature experience are the most popular destinations to go.Spring Festival in Sichuan

In Sichuan, people usually travel within own provincial regions as Sichuan itself has many popular places to travel all year around. Then where the locals like to spend Spring Festival resort in Sichuan? Flowing is the list:

Mount Emei Spring Festival

  1. Mount Emei
  2. Leshan Giant Buddha
  3. Dujiangyan
  4. Qingchengshan Mountain
  5. Wuhou Monastery
  6. Wenshu Temple
  7. Qingyang Temple
  8. Jiuzhaigou
  9. Langzhong
  10. Shunan Bamboo Forest