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On retirement 8 years ago, she has started affiliate marketing and online writing. Her articles are on a wide variety of topics, such as those relating to Chinese arts & culture, Feng Shui and Japanese arts & culture.
Many of us, having gone through so many festivals and special occasions, have run out of gift ideas. The next time when you have to buy a gift, forget the conventional stuff and surprise your giftee with some nice, unique and exotic item.
From 1920s to 1949, many Samsui women came to Singapore in search of jobs. Most of them worked in construction industry. Always adorned with red headscarf when working at the construction sites, they came to be known as Red Headscarf (or hong tou jin in Chinese). Most of their hard-earned money was used to support relatives back home. This caused many Samsui women to live in poverty in old age.
In Chinese poetry and symbolism, the term peach blossom or tao hua is associated with love and romance. Peach blossom luck can have a positive or negative impact on one’s life, depending on whether it is tao hua yun or tao hua jie.
Jing-zhe refers to the awakening of hibernating insects and animals, which marks the start of spring. Jing-zhe Day usually falls on March 5, 6 or 7 of each year. Activities related to Jing-zhe are the making of offering to White Tiger (zae baak fu) and the beating of petty little people (da siu yan). These rituals are performed to get rid of bad luck and troubles.
When performing on a new stage, the Cantonese opera troupe will have to stage a short ritual playlet to initiate the stage, before the actual performance on the first night. The ritual is commonly known as Po Toi or Zae Baak Fu (White Tiger Ritual). The purpose of the ritual is to purge the stage of evil spirits and to pray for the safety of the troupe members.
The mythological tanuki was originally depicted as an evil and mischievous animal. After centuries of evolution, it has been turned into a lovable icon of luck and wealth. Tanuki statues are popular souvenirs of Japan.
Since the mid-19th century, Japanese netsuke has become an extremely popular collectibles in Europe. Famed for its artistic and intricate beauty, Netsuke was actually invented for a very practical purpose.
The Japanese wind bell is called Furin. The traditional furin is made of glass and has beautiful patterns on it. In Japan, the Kawasaki-Daishi Wind Bell Festival has become a well-known cultural event in summer. Several hundreds of wind chimes will be gathered from all over Japan and displayed in the wind bell market.
The mystic art of Susuk involves inserting foreign objects (e.g. gold needles) under the skin for various purposes. It has its roots in Malayan culture and is commonly practised in Southeast Asia. The susuk talisman is believed to bestow the wearer with many blessings, ranging from aesthetic enhancement to protection against minor injuries and ailments.
The Mask Dance of the Drums from Drametse is also known as Drametse Ngacham (also spelled Drametse Ngachham). It is a well-known sacred dance of the Bhutanese, whose cultural heritage has largely remained intact due to isolation from the rest of the world until the early 1960s.
Tibetan thangka painting is a Buddhist art. It is often overflow with symbolism and allusion, which must be strictly in accordance with Buddhist iconography specified in Buddhist sutras.
Commercialization of thangkas since the 1960s has led to a severe decline in the standard of the thangka painting. High-quality, authentic Tibetan thangka is in danger of becoming extinct.
Zhu You is an ancient mystical healing therapy of Southern China. It was included in the Imperial Medical Bureau of various dynasties as part of the Official Chinese Medical System. Very little information on this subject is available in the English language.