Chinese Culture

1798 Words Aug 11th, 2014 8 Pages
Dara Murphy 112519063
Chinese Culture Essay:

There are many different aspects to Chinese culture that make it so broad and interesting. I will be focusing mainly on the more modern features to the culture and how it has changed from the traditional culture. Chinese culture is one of the oldest cultures out there today. I personally find the culture as a whole very interesting and intriguing and I extremely enjoyed learning about the ancient culture that is still ever so prominent today. It consists of many old traditions that have been carried forward into the twenty- first century. Customs and traditions do vary as your travel through the many town villages and also through the twenty- two provinces. Some of the different
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It varies from year to year. The year just gone 2012 is celebrated on the twenty- third of January, this year however it will be held on the tenth of February. With every year there is an animal sign to go with it. 2012 was the year of the dragon; this coming year would be the year of the snake. A different animal represents each year. There are twelve animals in total and they rotate around. I am the ear of the rooster. As the New Year comes a new animal is selected to symbolize the year ahead. The Chinese New Year is a very superstitious time for the Chinese people. The are very aware of “bad spirits” each year they but colorful prints on their front doors of the God Zhangkui this is for the protection for the next year from bad an devil spirits. Another way they drive off evil spirits is to light fireworks.

The Chinese people as a whole are very superstitious. When buying presents you have to be quite careful because unknowingly you could insult them when really you are just presenting a gift to them, other times they might not accept them. It is a known fact not to buy a clock for a Chinese person. Although it was meant as a pleasant gesture in the Chinese culture a clock represents death. If presented with a clock, the Chinese people will actually give the price of the clock back to in a way cancel out the superstition. A green hat is also a symbol of a bad present. It signifies that you will have an affair and it’s a present you do not give to someone.
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