At the time of waving goodbye to 2015 and stepping into 2016, the Spring Festival came to our side with joys and pleasures and we started to make best wishes by “welcoming the New Year”. Sichuan invites you to enjoy a wonderful Lantern Festival by experiencing folk customs and a most authentic New Year, and we wish you good luck in the coming 2016—Year of the Monkey!
Visiting Temple FairsChengdu
Every Spring Festival, scenic spots of Chengdu hold all kinds of festival activities, such as Chengdu Temple Fair, Jinsha Sun Festival, Thatched Cottage Renri (the day human beings were created). The splendid Three Kingdoms culture, ancient Shu culture, folk customs culture, poetry culture and delicacy culture all create a festival atmosphere for this best city for travel, thus gradually launches the “Chengdu Year”. From February 6 to 22, Chengdu Temple Fair, 2016 Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival, the 7th Chengdu Poet-Sage Cultural Festival—cultural activities of “Visiting Thatched Cottage on Renri Day” in Bing-Shen Year and other large-scale traditional Spring Festival activities will be held as scheduled.
Themed as “Silk Road and Three Kingdoms—the golden monkey celebrates the Spring Festival”, and centered on the element of “Three Kingdoms culture”, the 2016 Chengdu Temple Fair will have characteristic artistic performance, traditional folk art exhibition, handcraft sales exhibition, Chinese and foreign snacks sales exhibition, themed lantern show, culture exhibition, characteristic cultural activities and other cultural activities loved by the masses.
Aimed at passing on the ancient Shu culture, based on the essence of Jinsha culture and themed as “Chengdu in Qin and Han dynasties and the Roman Empire”, the 2016 Chengdu Jinsha Sun Festival provides exhibition, lantern sets, performance, flower market, delicacy, interaction, etc. The Festival demonstrates the long history of Chengdu from ancient Shu, through Qin and Han dynasties and to the Flourishing Period of the Tang Dynasty, as well as the cultural highlights in the flourishing period of Ancient Roman Empire. It is certain to bring a visual banquet and spiritual enjoyment combining eastern and western culture for visitors.
From February 5, themed as “poet passed on from thousands of years ago, flowers covered the whole of Jinguan City”, the 7th Chengdu Poet-Sage Cultural Festival - cultural activities of “Visiting Thatched Cottage on Renri Day” will be divided into 4 segments, i.e., opening ceremony of Chengdu Poet-Sage Cultural Festival and Plum Blossom Themed Exhibition, poet passed on from thousands of years ago, flowers covered the whole of Jinguan City and supporting services, including more than ten activities.
From February 6 to March 6, the first session “Sichuan Culture Consumption Festival—Yangtze River Temple Fair” of Yibin, China in 2016 will be held in Hejiangmen Square and Guanying Street in Cuiping District, Yibin City. The Temple Fair is wholly planned and implemented by the operation team of “Chengdu Temple Fair” (Jinli antique street of Wuhou Temple), and consists of six segments, namely Yangtze River culture themed lanterns, wonderful stage performance, folk houses and intangible cultural heritages exhibition area, Yangtze River delicacies area, arena matches, the public engagement with interaction, etc. Nearly 80 shows including customs performance, intangible cultural heritages exhibition, imitation show, songs, acrobatics and magic will present a wonderful temple fair for you.
Enjoying Lantern Show
ZigongZigong lantern festival can be traced back to over 800 years ago. For recently 20 years, Zigong holds a large-scale lantern festival every Spring Festival. It carries memories of many Sichuan people about the New Year. The lantern in Zigong is renowned as “the World’s Best Lantern”, having exhibited in more than 200 cities and regions, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Hongkong, Macao and Taiwan, with more than 60 exhibitions in America, Russia, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and other countries.
The 22nd Zigong International Lantern Festival opened on January 21 and will last until middle of March. This Zigong Lantern Festival includes theme segments of “wonderful Chinese customs”, “romantic France”, “great national soul” and “auspicious Chinese New Year”. In the colored lantern park which covers 10 hectares, the Lantern Festival applies for the first time the grid mode to divide exhibition areas, and uses 110000 lighting appliances in forms of scenic lanterns, cluster lanterns, single large-sized lanterns, connected lanterns, stage lanterns, etc. During the activities, tourists can enjoy the action art performance of French clowns, 3D balloons of America, and can even make lanterns on their own for fun.
As a traditional activity to celebrate the New Year in Chengdu, the Chengdu International Panda Lantern Festival has been held for 47 sessions. In the International Panda Lantern Festival, you can see the lantern show, watch folk performance, enjoy tulip exhibition and taste Chengdu delicacies… The 48th session will be officially opened on February 2 in Sansheng Village, because the original holding place - Tazishan Park is in reconstruction.
The 2016’s Lantern Festival has been in preparation for the last year and applies top-level lighting technologies. There are over 100 sets of large and medium-sized lanterns and water lanterns and the exhibition area of lantern is over 400 mu, which is twice that of the Tazishan Lantern Festival. At night, all lanterns shine, presenting a festival image of dazzling lake of lanterns on land. The Lanterns Festival has four themes of “new year festival, local folk customs, international elements, tulip exhibition”. By innovation combining tradition and fashion, culture and ecology, it is certain to present a wonderful folk culture show for citizens and visitors.
Experiencing Folk CustomsLangzhong
When talking about the Spring Festival, we have to mention one place—Langzhong—which is known as “Village of Chinese Spring Festival Culture”. It is recorded that Langzhong is the “origin place” of Spring Festival. In the governance period of Emperor Wu of Han, Luo Xiahong-- the outstanding scientist in astronomy and calendar computation—formulated the Tai Chu Calendar, setting the 1st day of the first lunar month as beginning of a year, thus creating the “Spring Festival” on lunar calendar. As a result, Luo Xiahong is addressed as “Father Spring”.
The Spring Festival culture of Langzhong ancient city is wonderful, unique and has a long-lasting history. It reflects the charming Chinese Spring Festival culture. During Spring Festival, all kinds of folk activities go to stage and present a bustling Spring Festival.
In Langzhong, the original folk customs is still in prevalence: eating “Laba congee” on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, worshiping the Kitchen God, cleaning the dust, eating New Year's Eve dinner and stewed pork lumps, staying up late on New Year’s Eve, burning joss paper, worshiping heaven, earth and ancestors, pasting spring couplets, setting off firecrackers, displaying dragon lanterns, and celebrating the Lantern Festival on the 15th day on the first lunar month. Especially from the 14th to 16th day of the first lunar month, all kinds of activities will be performed including floating river lanterns, launching Kongming lanterns and travelling to get rid of diseases. The Spring Festival lasts until the 2nd day of the second lunar month. We will also organize bustling folk customs activities, such as displaying embroidery shoes, greeting emperor's carriage, performing straw dragon dance, expelling the monster Nian, lantern festival, Bayu dance, beating a drum while carrying fragrant tribute, whipping the ox, performing lantern plays, ox lanterns, person talking and singing about the spring, ancient saint inspecting in spring, blessing by the “Father Spring”, Zhang Fei patrolling the city, xiucai taking the imperial examination and folk wedding activities.
Draw a New Year painting by yourself in the coming 2016 New Year. During the 2016 Spring Festival, Deyang city will hold theme activity of “to enjoy the 2016 New Year happily here in Deyang”. Visitors can experience the “Bao Bao Festival” in Guanghan, the 15th New Year Painting Festival in Mianzhu, China in 2016, sacrifice activities of Sanxingdui Museum, New Year sacrifice activities in the Pang Tong Shrine of Luojiang County, gathering on the ninth day of the first month in lunar calendar, etc.
Meanwhile, Deyang also provides a two-day travel line in the New Year. On the first day, visitors will feel the charm of the flower sea in Jiuhe Farm in the morning; in the afternoon, visitors will visit the characteristic village filled with New Year paintings of the four major kinds of New Year painting (you can feel the new year atmosphere, watch folk culture performance here, and even draw your own New Year painting by yourself); in the evening, visitors will experience Lutang Hot-spring—the only sodium bicarbonate hot-spring in western Sichuan. On the second day, visitors will pay a visit to the Sanxingdui Museum.