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The Legend of 3 Little Swallows and the Son of Zhou

The Soushen Ji is a legendary Chinese novel. It is a compilation of Chinese legends, short stories, and hearsay regarding Chinese gods, Chinese ghosts, and other supernatural phenomena. Soushen Ji can be…

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Stories of a Mother’s Love

In Chinese culture from ancient times up to today, there are records of compassionate mothers. Here are few mothers worth remembering who have been included in Shen Yun’s performances.

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The Origin of the Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, is one of the oldest and most popular traditional Chinese festivals. This…

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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 Guqin: The Instrument of the Sages

The guqin, or qin, is a seven-stringed classical musical instrument that is a relative of the zither family and has a history in China of about 5,000 years.

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Origin and Brief History of the Moon Cake

The Mid-Autumn Festival usually falls in September or early October. In China, moon cakes have blanketed markets. Were it not for the Mid-Autumn Festival and its traditions, moon cakes may…

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Chinese New Year Rituals

Like many traditional Chinese festivities, Chinese New Year is rich in customs and rituals. Among the different Chinese dialect groups, there are many similar and different rituals for Chinese New…

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The Legend of the Dragon Boat Festival

Most Chinese festivals are based on generations-old legends that are passed on. These festivals are celebrated, not just for enjoyment, but more for the preservation of traditions and heritage. The…