CHINA HISTORY FORUM NEWSLETTER
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APRIL 2008 ISSUE 2
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LETTER FROM THE CHIEF EDITOR
Spring is upon us. The flowers are blooming, and the tree leaves are budding. We survived another winter. Today as I write, there is still a brisk chilliness to the air, but not enough to wear a coat outside. I will be outdoors the rest of the day cleaning up the twigs and branches that fell over the winter. I will be beginning to turn over the soil in my garden, so I can plant my early spring vegetables.
I celebrate the seasons just as our ancestors have all over the world for hundreds of centuries.
Along the River During Qingming Festival, Song Dynasty artist Zhang Zeduan (1085-1145).
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The Traditional holiday in China in this period is Qing Ming Jie 清明节, also known as Grave Sweeping Day. This is a day of remembering your ancestors. The family goes to visit the family tombs to sweep them off and leaves special foods and offerings for the family spirits.
Based on a solar calendar, the Qing Ming Jie is held 104 days after the winter solstice on April 4th. For me this has special significance because my mother died last year on April 2nd. Even though I am not Chinese, this holiday will always be a day to remember my mother and ancestors. I will light incense and make some of her favorite foods and spend my day thinking about her.
Burning gifts to comfort the dead
Firecrackers are lit to let the spirits know you are there to remember them, so Qing Ming is also called New Fire Day or the Swing Festival.
Another holiday that is celebrated this month is the Shangsi Festival上巳節. It is traditionally the 3rd day of the 3 month in the Chinese lunar calendar. In this year, it is April 8th.
People will gather to dance and sing. You will hear many love songs as this is the time for courting and maybe practicing an ancient custom of Field Love. There will also be contests of archery and target practice. This is also the time to wash away bad luck by taking baths.
As the spring brings new changes to the world around us, I have a few new changes to announce in our Editorial staff. First I would like to welcome Tung2sai, who has recently joined us as a new Editor.
Wen Chou also joined us as an Editor, but he is on temporary leave because of issues at home with family illness. We wish him and his family speedy recovery, and we hope to have him back on the team soon.
Damo, fcharton, and Technogypsy have joined the team as columnists, but they have opted to keep their higher ranking badges instead of the title of columnists.
Our newest team member is columnist Liu Bang, who will be bringing in her enthusiasm to keep us oldsters on our toes.
I am sorry to announce that Rong Qin Wong requested to be removed as a columnist. She found her school study load did not allow her enough spare time to do the job she wanted to do. We were all disappointed to hear her decision, but we understand how important school work is. We hope she does well in school, and she will always be welcome to join us again when school is over.
In the next few pages, you will find the latest new additions to the subforums as the CHF expands its variety and scope of subjects it is covering. We have also had an number of Award winners and many new members who have passed the exams. Congratulations to you all. Please also take the time to relax and enjoy the columns in our entertainment section and read the society pages where you can get to know our featured new and old members, as well as read about the special events ( albeit a little late ) from our jet setting reporter which I hope you enjoy.
I want to thank everyone on the Editorial staff for the time and energy they are volunteering to the editing tasks. I am having a great time working with you all.
CHF Han Lin Journal
Edited by kaiselin, 08 April 2008 - 08:15 AM.