Sunday, 25 January 2009

Gung Hei Fat Choy

Kung Hei Fat Choy in dialect, or Gong Xi Fa Cai in Potonghua. Happiness and Prosperity from which all good things flow. Monday 26th is the first day of the New Year in the Lunar calendar, Chinese New Year's Day.

This is the year of the Ox, symbol of strength and resilience Useful to remember in these times of turmoil!

In modern Chinese art the image of a small boy astride a huge water buffalo represents the Chinese people. Throughout history the peasants have suffered but they endure. The small boy is happy, often shown playing a flute. The painting is by Li Keran, who painted lots of these oxen images. Look at the subject list on the right below for more posts on Chinese music, opera, film and culture.

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