Traditions

A white carnation, symbol of Mother's Day. (Image:  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)

The First Mother’s Day

There is one special day of the year we all need to remember, and that is Mother’s Day.  Our mothers are treasures, and it’s important to have a day to acknowledge them and all the good that they do for us.…

The Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne on Anzac Day. (Image: Trisha Haddock)

ANZAC Day in Melbourne

April 25 is ANZAC Day in Australia. ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps. War was declared between England and Germany on August 4, 1914. When World War I started, Australia promised 20,000 men to aid England. At the time,…

The traditional Chinese wedding has significant meanings, often characterized by particular marriage keepsakes. (Image: kanegen   via   flickr /  CC BY 2.0 )

Keepsakes in a Traditional Chinese Wedding

With a long history of 5,000 years, China’s rich cultural connotations and traditional cultural heritage are embodied in its architecture, literature, painting, calligraphy, arts, and customs. The traditional Chinese wedding also has significant meanings, often characterized by particular marriage keepsakes.

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The First Mother’s Day

There is one special day of the year we all need to remember, and that is Mother’s Day.  Our mothers are treasures, and it’s important to have a day to…

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ANZAC Day in Melbourne

April 25 is ANZAC Day in Australia. ANZAC stands for Australia New Zealand Army Corps. War was declared between England and Germany on August 4, 1914. When World War I started,…

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Keepsakes in a Traditional Chinese Wedding

With a long history of 5,000 years, China’s rich cultural connotations and traditional cultural heritage are embodied in its architecture, literature, painting, calligraphy, arts, and customs. The traditional Chinese wedding…

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The Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese New Year is more than just one day. It is a set of festivities, which, put together, have the purpose of seeing out the old and welcoming the new.

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Auspicious Symbols for the Chinese New Year

Auspicious patterns or symbols are important components of Chinese traditional culture. From ancient times, it has been common for Chinese families to fill their homes with auspicious symbols during Chinese…

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Chinese New Year: What You Need to Know

Unlike the New Year celebration’s date most of us in North or South America, Europe, or Australia are used to, Chinese New Year is never on the same date.

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Traditions for Celebrating Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming on February 16. This year, we will welcome the Year of the Dog. The 11th animal in the Chinese zodiac, the dog usually represents loyalty,…

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Cangjie and the Invention of Chinese Characters

According to legend, the Chinese characters were invented by a man named Cangjie, who was an official during the time of the legendary Yellow Emperor, Huangdi. Huangdi assigned Cangjie the…

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Created for the Common Man

Of the 6,000 languages in existence today, only a hundred have their own alphabets. Of these 100, Hangul is the only alphabet made by an individual for which the theory…

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The History of Foot Binding in China

Imagine massaging your 3-year-old daughter’s feet, then you grab her little toes and curl them under her foot, then you press with excessive force downward and squeeze them into the…

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An Expo That Features Hakka Culture

To promote Hakka culture, Taiwan’s Hakka Affairs Council (客家委員會) has organized the Hakka Expos in Taipei once every two years. This year’s event was held at the Taipei World Trade…

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In Ancient China, Tying Knots Was an Art Form

Beautiful and elaborate, intricate while following simple rules, knots are part of China’s 5,000-year history, and prehistoric records attest to their use in recording all manner of important events.