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A special weekend in China...

๐˜ˆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฅ๐˜ข๐˜บ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜š๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ... ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜“๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ข๐˜ญ, ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜Š๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜•๐˜ฆ๐˜ธ ๐˜ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด.

Today (Sat. Feb. 4) is ็ซ‹ๆ˜ฅ(lรฌ chลซn) the official beginning of Spring according the Chinese lunisolar calendar while tomorrow (Sun Feb. 5) is ๅ…ƒๅฎต่Š‚ (yuรกnxiฤo jiรฉ) or Lantern Festival, the last day of Spring Festival (or Chinese New Year).

The market is full of soybean sprouts today as a sign of welcoming spring today with people preparing pancakes or rolls with the sprouts, hence the name #springrolls , known all over the world.

The ancient Lantern Festival is marked by lantern fairs, guessing riddles pasted on lanterns and eating Tangyuan (ๆฑคๅœ† tangyuan), also called Yuanxiao (ๅ…ƒๅฎต, yuรกn xiฤo), balls of glutinous rice boiled in a sweet soup. The balls are usually filled with brown sugar, sesame seeds, peanuts, walnuts or pastes of red beans or red dates. Lion and dragon dances are popular during the Lantern Festival.

The Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) celebrations comprise of 15 days from New Yearโ€™s day until the first full moon of the new year, the Year of the Water Rabbit on which Lantern Festival is celebrated. The 15-day period sees many local celebrations in different regions of China.

See here the fire dragons dance in the coastal city ๆญ้˜ณๅธ‚ Jieyang in #Guangdong province, performed last Tuesday. The dance is being performed on the 10th day of the New Year since about 600 years in the city.

#china #china2023 #chineseculture #chinesesociety #chinesehistory #springfestival #chinesenewyear #chinesenewyear2023 #rabbityear #rabbityear2023

Sources pictures globaltimes, hwang99 IG

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