As one of China's traditional festivals, the Lantern Festival or the Spring Festival is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunar calendar.
Some legends associate the Lantern Festival with the ancient idea of climate, Taoism, and Buddhism.
It indicates that people worshipped the moon in ancient times for they welcomed the first full moon of the lunar new year on that night.
To celebrate the festival, people use lanterns as decorations and spend the occasion joyfully.
It also marks the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.
The first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) commenced in Beijing on March 5, 2018.
It is a grand conference to fully implement President Xi Jinping's socialist ideology with Chinese characteristics in the new era and the spirit of the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) National Congress.
It is of great significance to unify the thought and action of the whole Party and the peoples of all ethnic groups through the spirit of the 19th CPC National Congress and through the major objectives and tasks it established.
Chinese paper-cutting is a kind of art created by the Chinese working people in the practice of production and life.
It has a long history and a vast area of distribution. Also, it is part of the outstanding intangible cultural heritage of our country.
As a distinctive art form, Chinese paper-cutting is closely related to various folk customs, utensils and sacrifices.
It reflects the thinking and aesthetics of China's common people. It is simple yet interesting, as this plain art form is surprisingly profound. Enjoying a broad popularity in China, it forms an important part of various folklore activities.
Paper-cutting has a profound cultural and historical background and has developed over thousands of years, and has reached outstanding artistic achievements.
The Spring Festival is the annual traditional festival of the Chinese nation. At the beginning of the year, the two themes are bidding farewell to the old and welcoming the arrival of the New Year.
Giving New Year's Greetings is the main activity for people to celebrate each other and express good wishes.
Greetings like"Happy New Year"and"May everything go as you wish"contribute to the festival's happy atmosphere and reflect the sentiment of the Chinese nation at that time of year.
2018 is the "Year of Wuxu" according to the Chinese lunar calendar, namely the zodiac calendar Year of the Dog.
The Chinese calendar combines solar, lunar and 60 Stem-Branch counting systems.
The 60 Stem-Branch calendar uses the names of the Yin-Yang Five Elements (Metal, Water, Wood, Fire, and Earth) and 12 animal signs in sequence.
The Dog is the eleventh animal of the Chinese zodiac and it corresponds to "Xu" in the Chinese Earthly Branch.
“Xu Hour” in Chinese is the period of the day from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
A dog's personality is loyal and smart, and its bark sounds like the Chinese word “wang,” which denotes prosperity of the family business.
In addition, there are popular sayings about auspicious dogs, rich dogs and happy dogs.