Laba porridge sweetens prelude of Chinese Lunar New Year

Laba rice porridge. Chinese people start their preparations for the Spring Festival more than 20 days ahead. The 12th lunar month in Chinese is called la yue, so the eighth day of this lunar month is la yue chu ba, or laba. The day is also known as the Laba Rice Porridge Festival. The Laba this […]

Culture of China

The Year of the Rooster stamp designed by Shao Bolin and Lyu Shengzhong.  An exhibition celebrates the contributions of a nonagenarian former designer and his associates to China’s postage stamps, Lin Qi reports.  A chilly winter day might not be the best for an elderly reunion. But for two esteemed artists, Shao Bolin, 90, and […]

24 Solar Terms: 9 things about Winter Solstice

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Winter Solstice (Chinese: 冬至), the 22nd solar term of the year, begins this year on Dec 21. On the first day of Winter Solstice, the Northern Hemisphere experiences the shortest day and the longest night in the year, as the sun shines directly at […]