QiXi (Double seven) Festival

Date: 7th day of the 7th lunar month lunar monthActivities: In the past, girls would conduct a ceremony to beg Zhinu for wisdom, dexterity and a satisfying marriage in the future.The Double Seventh Festival, on the 7th day o...

Qingming

Date: 12th of the 3rd lunar month, usually around April 4th or 5th.Activities: Cleaning ancestors' graves and holding memorial ceremonies, spring outing, and flying kitesThis is a time when ice and snow has gone and plan...

Mid-Autumn Festival

Date: 15th of the 8th lunar monthActivities: Dragon Boat racing, enjoying moonlight and eating moon cakes.Probably the second most important festival in the Chinese calendar, Zhong qiu has ancient origins. Occurring on t...

Dragon Boat Festival

Date: Date: 5th day of the 5th lunar monthActivities: Dragon Boat races and eating Zong Zi (pyramid shaped rice wrapped in reed or bamboo leavesOriginally a religious practice, it is now purely recreational. The Dragon...

Lantern Festival

Date: 15th of the first lunar monthActivities: Lanterns expositions, garden parties, firework displays and folk dances.The New Year celebrations ended on the 15th of the First Moon with the Lantern Festival. In the legen...

Chinese New Year

Date: The first day of a year in lunar calendar, usually between late Jan and early FebActivities: fireworks display, visiting and greeting, Yangke dancing, lion and dragon dancing, holding temple fairs and many other gr...

Do we need our own Mother's Day?

As many people around the world celebrated Mother's Day yesterday, a Chinese scholar and member of the top national advisory body has made it his mission to create China's own Mother's Day. Li Hanqiu, a m...

Pictures of Climbing Vines

The versatility of vines is impressive, if underrated. If you’re serious about landscape design, though, you appreciate how many different functions vines can serve. Especially popular are flowering vi...

Identifying the flowers

These flowers are Brugmansia flowers or otherwise called as Angel’s Trumpets, sharing that name with the closely related genus Datura.  Brugmansia is a genus of evergreen shrubs and trees found in scru...

Say it with Flowers

I came across a funny “flower” anecdote that I hope you will enjoy. Here it goes.One day Paul Meurisse (actor and comedian) entered a flower shop whose signs encouraged customers to “SAY IT WITH FLOWERS.”[IMG]upload/RosesforBl...
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