Temple fairs, lantern fairs, rallies? New Year’s “walking around” to see the vitality

Temple fairs, lantern fairs, rallies? New Year’s “walking around” to see the vitality


Experience folk customs at traditional temple fairs and pray for the New Year; enjoy the lanterns at the New Year Lantern Festival and savor the brilliance; choose gifts at lively bazaars and exhibitions to show your concern for relatives and friends. “Wandering” is a common gesture among Chinese people during the Spring Festival. It reflects people’s comfort in celebrating the festival after a busy year. People “gawked” at the reunion and happiness of monks and nuns gathering together, and they also “gaunted” at the vibrant vitality of society.

Go shopping and go to the market, and feel the strong feelings of home, country and Spring Festival during the activities.

The Spring Festival temple fair is crowded with people

At 9:30 a.m. on the third day of the first lunar month, high-pitched drum music sounded at Yushulou Square of the Imperial City Prime Minister’s Office in Jincheng City, Shanxi Province, and a crisp “pick up” broke people’s whispers. The Dragon Year Temple Fair of the Imperial City Prime Minister’s Office officially began.

Visiting temple fairs is a traditional folk custom and an essential element of the Spring Festival. This Spring Festival, traditional temple fairs in various places have been fully restored. Visitors pray for good luck in the New Year at the temple fair, watch good plays and attend big fairs, and feel the strong flavor of the New Year in the lively and prosperous atmosphere.

Temple fairs such as Ditan, Changdian, Grand View Garden, Shijingshan Amusement Park, and Badachu in Beijing were crowded with people. In Fengxian District, Shanghai, the “2024 Longhu? Shanghai Fengxian Tianjie Temple Fair” is being held. A red “stage” attracts people’s attention. Nanqiao paper tearing skills, Kunqu opera, Soviet-style Pingtan and other performances are performed in turn.

The beginning of spring is auspicious on the first day of the lunar month, it is joyful to return home on the second day of the lunar month, and there are banquets and outings on the third and fourth days of the lunar month. In many places, people start enjoying the leisurely Spring Festival from the third day of the first lunar month. As a result, many families go out to “go shopping” and experience the special New Year customs in the outside world.

Data from the Shanxi Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism shows that in the two days before the 2024 Spring Festival holiday, the province’s 66 key monitored scenic spots received a total of 1.1738 million tourists, a year-on-year increase of 151.61%; the cumulative ticket revenue was 27.8596 million yuan, a year-on-year increase of 123.46%. Li Zhijun, a taxi driver in Taiyuan, said that the number of taxis at airports and stations increased significantly on the third day of the Lunar New Year, and more than half of the passengers were foreign tourists traveling to Shanxi.

  ??Tourists admire lanterns at the Changdian Temple Fair in Beijing on February 11. Published by Xinhua News Agency (Photo by Wang Yuguo)

Reporters visited and found that interactive and immersive experience activities with many technological elements have become a feature of traditional temple fairs in many places this year.

Beijing’s “Changdian Yuan Universe Temple Fair” uses large-scene immersive digital twins, XR cloud rendering and other technologies to fully reproduce the street scenes of Liulichang’s east and west neighborhoods and South Xinhua Street. Visitors scan the QR code and learn about the history of time-honored intangible cultural heritage brands by looking for the “Four Treasures of the Study”.

“It’s very interesting. You can experience the historical and cultural district immersively on your mobile phone.” Ms. Xu, a tourist born after 1995, said.

All families can enjoy the brilliance

The lights on Zhonglou Street in Taiyuan City, Shanxi Province evoke the fond memories of the Spring Festival in citizen Su Aizhen. This year, time-honored shops, brand first stores, markets, etc. on the street were decorated with the theme of “Dragon”. Through the colorful lights, the Xieshan Mountain of the traditional gatehouse loomed not far away, and the dance “Happy Meeting” showing the heroic spirit of ancient generals was staged… The lights and vocal music together created a happy and peaceful New Year atmosphere.

Su Aizhen said: “I have celebrated more than 70 Spring Festivals. This year, under the bright lights, my family and I once again felt that people are safe, families are reunited, and the country is strong. This is the sense of gain during the New Year.”

Nowadays, with the help of scientific and technological means, traditional culture has a new expression under the bright and dazzling lights. In Shanghai, thousands of lanterns were lit at the 2024 Yuyuan Folk Art Lantern Festival. The theme planning “Stories of Mountains and Seas” opens a new narrative of “The Book of the Sea”. From the Book of Mountains to the Book of the Sea, from land to sea, from China to the world, the journey through time paints a gorgeous dream.

The lively offline lantern festival also “went” online. Yuyuan’s offline business district used Alipay’s “Asian Games Same Digital Torchbearer” technology to hold a lantern festival. This was the first time that this digital human technology was used in an offline business district. Users can open Alipay and search for “Light up the dragon lanterns in Yuyuan” to participate in the digital people lighting up the dragon lanterns to pray for blessings. The event page restores the lighting scene of the Yu Garden Lantern Festival. Within two weeks, more than 300,000 people used Alipay to light up dragon lanterns to pray, and used AR to scan QR codes to experience the “Mountains and Seas” that combines reality and reality. As of the early morning of the third day of the first lunar month, more than 1.22 million people had watched the Yu Garden AR live broadcast on Alipay. You can watch the Yu Garden Lantern Festival and experience the lively scene of Yu Garden without leaving home.

The Spring Festival Lantern Festival is a visual feast and a spiritual enjoyment. Zhang Junli, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and has been confined to bed at home for many years, watched lantern festivals in many places online this year. She said: “Traditional Chinese dragons come in all kinds of shapes, and they are really beautiful when combined with modern technology.”

  ??Audiences watched “Where there is a dragon, there is a spirit?? 2024 Jiachen Year of the Dragon Zodiac Special Exhibition” at the Shanghai Museum of Natural History (Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Branch).Photo by Xinhua News Agency reporter Chen Aiping

Celebrate the New Year at fairs and exhibitions

In order to further enrich cultural tourism products, on the third day of the first lunar month, Jilin City held a New Year Lantern Garden Party and New Year Goods Fair in Beishan Park with the theme of “Furuijiang City in the Age of Dragons”. Citizens queued up in front of express service points. Through postal mail, New Year’s goods fly to distant relatives and friends, bringing care and longing with them.

Li Zhen, a member of the Party Leadership Group of the Jilin Municipal Commerce Bureau, said that this series of activities provides the general public and tourists with “something to shop and travel”, “something to see and have fun” and “something to buy and something to buy”. There is something to play and something to show off” consumption and play experience.

During the Spring Festival, the Shanghai Museum of Natural History (branch of Shanghai Science and Technology Museum) is “full” almost every day. Shanghai citizens Wang Yi and his daughter Wang Xinyi from the Shanghai Museum of Natural History watched with great interest the “If there is a dragon, then there is a spirit?? 2024 Jiachen Year of the Dragon Zodiac Special Exhibition” originally planned by the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

During the Spring Festival, the Shanghai Museum of Natural History (branch of Shanghai Science and Technology Museum) is “full” almost every day. Shanghai citizens Wang Yi and his daughter Wang Xinyi from the Shanghai Museum of Natural History watched with great interest the “If there is a dragon, then there is a spirit?? 2024 Jiachen Year of the Dragon Zodiac Special Exhibition” originally planned by the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum.

What excites Wang Yi and his daughter the most is that the exhibition introduces relevant models, pictures, texts, and videos to give a detailed introduction to the contemporary important weapons of great powers with the word “dragon” in their names: from the light of nuclear energy of “Hualong One”, Go to the “Jiaolong” for deep-sea exploration; from the “Kunlong” soaring over the blue sea and blue sky, to the “Snow Dragon” breaking through the ice…

“It is precisely because of the scientists’ spirit of self-improvement and continuous innovation that we can see so many high-tech and powerful weapons. They are my role models!” Wang Xinyi said.

Xing Yuan, a professor at the School of Philosophy of Shanxi University, said that people actively participate in traditional festivals and celebrate the New Year happily, which reflects their expectations for life in the coming year and also increases people’s recognition of traditional Chinese culture. (Reporters Li Ziwei, Yang Shujun, Chen Aiping, Zhou Rui, Duan Xu, Ma Xiaocheng)

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