Chinese traditional spring festival to a most degree is the concentrated reflection and show of Chinese ancient climate, agriculture, chronometer as well as folk belief. At the end of the year, people worship and commemorate their ancestry with what they harvest, and it is the appreciation for giving from nature and their forefather. Hence, in this way, Spring Festival is Chinese Thanksgiving Day.
Each day and each folk-custom activity amid Lunar Spring Festival show the thought of thanks for giving from nature. From Lunar January 1 to Lunar January 7, it is respectively called Chicken Day, Dog Day, Pig Day, Sheep Day, Cattle Day, Horse Day and Human Day, and each of them represents the birthday of each creature on earth. It also shows Chinese ancestors' respect to the nature when human day is listed the last.
Moreover, Kitchen God Worship is the thanks to the help of food and fire; Earth God Worship shows the human's appreciation to nature and farmland. During Chinese traditional spring festival, people's variety of worships and remembrance is the systemic and centralized show of agricultural culture of China. Today, many people have ignored or less known the origins or sources of these rites and just think of them as a must or essential rites. Current Spring Festival changes a lot compared with its original feature, and in majority of Chinese families, the scene of worshipping ancestry led by the respectable and aged leader of family is easily seen.
In some way, the core of Chinese culture is a Culture of Humanity which highlights Benevolence of Father, Filiality of Descendants, Friendliness among Brothers and Younger's Respect to the Elder. Ancestry Worship to some degree expresses such a cultural connotation, which shows the offspring's appreciation to ancestors and anticipation of getting blessing from ancestry.
Writer: David from Seeraa International
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