God Påske! It is the time of the year again: in shop windows, home decoration, advertisement, social media, the Easter bunny is filling all empty space with overloading cuteness and colourful eggs. A symbol of fertility and life in the Western tradition, the fluffy innocent rabbit embodies the season of Spring. In Chinese culture, however,… Continue reading The cunning hare has three burrows: A Chinese tale on smart strategies
Do you know the lucky colour red came from a folklore that involves a monster called "Year"?
Ah dumplings, the half-moon shaped oriental pastry that promises mouthfuls of the beautiful mix of smooth, thin wrap, and a juicy, flavourful, tender meatball with vegetables. It is a mini meal in every bite. Like Pizzas in Italy or the Fish Soup in Norway, dumplings, or in Mandarin “Jiaozi”, is probably a star representative of… Continue reading Dumplings – the pizza of China
Just as we are getting into the festive season here in Norway, people in China also have a widely celebrated tradition around this time of the year. On exactly today (22nd December), the Winter Solstice, or 冬至(dōng zhì) is celebrated in millions of Chinese homes. This tradition could be traced back to over four thousand… Continue reading Celebrating the longest night of the year
What have you planned for next Wednsday (17th October)? Many in China will have a hiking trip with their grandparents, because this year it is the ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar, or Chongyang (重阳chóng yáng), a day dedicated to hiking. The tradition is believed to be originated from a… Continue reading To the Mountain on this Beautiful Autumn Day!
While Norwegians celebrate the 17th May with traditional clothes and parades, Chinese nationals celebrate the National Day by taking their partners, families, parents and friends out of town for a good time. From the 1st to 7th of October, it is estimated that up to half of the Chinese population would go on a tour… Continue reading The Golden Tourism Week
Aside from the old legend and regional variations, the more recent story of the mooncake is a fascinating case study of a tradition which has survived and thrived through time, social and economic changes, mass commercialization and globalization. Unlike some other old traditions which have slowly faded out, the market for mooncakes have expanded much… Continue reading Same Moon, International Flavours: The Mooncake Festival (2)
Around this time every year, many Chinese families start to look around for mooncakes to prepare for the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, which is always the middle of the eighth month in the East Asian Lunar Calendar, when the moon is full and the largest. This year, it will fall on the 24th of September. In… Continue reading A Revolutionary Cake: The Mooncake Festival (1)