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    Posted February 7, 2013 by
    Mandaluyong City, Philippines
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    Celebrating Chinese New Year

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    A Time for their Culture and Arts


    Chinese New Year is regarded as the most significant celebration for the Chinese community in the Philippines. It is set on varying dates every year and does not follow the Gregorian calendar. The celebration extends up to about two weeks with a diversity of customs.


    Many Filipino-Chinese owned establishments honor the teeming heritage of the Chinese arts and culture. Yearly, they offer a series of displays and events for their clientele.


    For food lovers, everywhere are the different flavors of the Chinese New Year cake or ‘Nian gao’ (in Chinese) and ‘tikoy’ (in Filipino).

    For film lovers, some theatres offer free viewing of classic Chinese films.


    And for art enthusiasts, exhibits of colorful and interesting Chinese paintings and photos are flaunted at the central building areas of malls.


    The photos I took above are images displayed at the Shangrila Plaza Mall in Mandaluyong City, Philippines. The exhibit is entitled ‘On the Wings of Culture – A glimpse of China’s cultural regeneration.’


    Photo 1 – by Yang Lei, “…Peking Opera, “Celestial Beauty Scattering Flowers”


    Photo 2 – by Chang Liang, “…Sand sculpture completed at the beach working together on holidays”


    Photo 3 – by Wang Zhen, “The newly expanded National Library of China”


    Photo 4- by Yang Shirao, “The acrobatic ballet Swan Lake from Guangzhou”


    Photo 5 – by Wang Song, “The historic architectural complex of “Center of Heaven and Earth” – inscribed by UNESCO as World Cultural Heritage in 2011.


    Photo 6 – by Zhao Zhan, “A large scale ethnic dance drama, “Flower Rain on the Silk Road” staged in Tokyo, Japan”


    Photo 7 – by Pu Buzhaxi, “The Art of Tibetan Thangka Painting is a very precious jewel in the treasure house of intangible cultural heritage of China.”


    Photo 8 – by Zhuang Yingchang, “Typography is one of the Four Great Inventions of ancient China that contributed greatly to the evolution of human evolution. It was recognized by UNESCO in 2010 as ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in Need of Urgent Safeguarding’.


    Photo 9 – by Song Weiwei, “Happy Chinese New Year in Sau Paolo, Brazil - Spring Festival or the Chinese Lunar New Year is China’s most influential festival. The global celebration has become an event supported by various sectors as a form of cultural exchange between China and other countries”


    Photo 10 – by Cheng Weidong, “Qiang ethnic people perform folk dances to celebrate the completion of their reconstructed new village after their old homes were devastated in the Wenchuan Earthquake in May 2008.”

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