Traditions and Custom

Last Update: 2008-10-17 4:28:00; By clinder

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TOPChinese Lucky Numbers

The role of numbers in determining luck has a long history in Chinese culture. For example, it is said that in the Forbidden City there are 9999 rooms. When buying a house or choosing a telephone number or a license plate number for one's automobile, the choice is generally made with an eye to the perceived luckiness of the available numbers.>> Read more

TOP Chinese Shengxiao

Sheng xiao refers to the symbolic 12 animals associated with the signs of the Chinese zodiac, which corresponds to a 12-year cycle. These animals are: the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Goat, the Monkey, the Rooster, the Dog, and the Pig. >> Read more

TOPChinese Fengshui

Feng shui can explain many auspicious as well as inauspicous happenings: children who cry frequently in one locality while those in an adjacent locality are happy and contented; an individual who suffers from an illness or a malaise in one locality but who immediately sheds this problem when moved to a different locality. >> Read more

TOPChinese Calendar

In ancient times the Chinese people mostly used the traditional lunar and solar calendar to keep track of the seasons. This calendar not only kept track of years, months, days and hours but also the position of the sun, the moon and the five stars (Venus, Jupiter, Mercury, Mars and Saturn), the forecast of the solar eclipse and lunar eclipse and the arrangement of the solar term. >> Read more

TOPTraditional Etiquette and Taboos

There are mainly three kinds of etiquettes in China. The first category is the daily life etiquette: The second category is the festival customs and festival celebration etiquette. The third category is the business etiquette. >> Read more

TOPAncient Rituals:

Religious-Political Rituals

Worship of Heavely Bodies: In ancient times, Chinese people attached great importance to the worship of the heavenly bodies - the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars, and also the earth. >> Read more

Worship of Earth: The etiquette of earth worship also includes the worship of mountains and rivers, the worship of the soil god, the worship of the millet god, >> Read more

Ancestral Rituals

Ancestral Temple Worship: The practice of ancestral worship in ancient China was a product of the close linkage of the present to the past, via familial lineage. The ancestral temple was the edifice that was erected to house the deceased during their sojourn to the next world. For persons of importance, the ancestral temple was a separate edifice, or group of edifices, depending on the individual's rank in society, with ordinary folk being consigned to reserve a small shrine area in the home in honor of their ancestors.>> Read more

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Ancient Rituals Chinese Astrology
Chinese Calendar Chinese Dragon
Chinese Feng Shui Chinese Idioms
Chinese Lucky Numbers Chinese Riddles and Slang
Chinese Shengxiao Traditional Etiquette and Taboos
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