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海 “Sea” Chinese Calligraphy

Calligraphy practice.

紫 “Purple” Chinese Calligraphy

Practicing my calligraphy. Purple is my fav color. 

Dedicated to @ziseviolet​ who also loves the color.

Soundtrack while practicing: New Silk Road 2016 documentary music

 

Preparing 2018 Xmas Presents- Chinese Tassel

I've been preparing handmade Xmas presents for a close friend. First I made a Rose, Frankincense and Myrrh Moisturizing Balm (exact formula is a secret) then I made this Chinese tassel. As you can see, I really like soft pastels. She doesn't read my online blogs so she won't see this :)

汤婆子 Traditional Chinese Hot Water Bottle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

寒露 Cold Dew 8 October 2018

寒露 is the 17th solar term in the Chinese calendar. It marks the transition from cool to cold weather in autumn. “ Cold Dew”, as the name suggests, is colder than the preceding solar term “White Dew” as the dew is on the verge of freezing into frost.It is a season for foggy, misty weather and the ripening of the pomegranate and the hawthorn, both of which are valued for their nutrition.

中秋节 Mid-Autumn Festival 2018

Today is Mid-Autumn Festival which is celebrated on the 15th of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar.In China, the government designated this festival as a public holiday in 2008 in order to promote traditional culture.

秋分 Qiufen Autumnal Equinox 23 Sept 2018

秋分 or Autumnal Equinox is the 16th solar term in the Chinese calendar. It marks the midpoint of autumn when day and night are even in length. After the Autumnal Equinox, night becomes longer than day.The difference between day and night temperatures becomes pronounced.Traditional customs include the distribution of pictures depicting cattle in working in the fields, standing eggs on ends, flying of kites etc.

白露 Bailu (White Dew) 8 Sept 2018

白露 Bailu (White Dew) is the 15th solar term. The weather has already turned cool and water vapor condenses into dewdrops on vegetation overnight, hence the name. Temperatures drop rapidly and there is continuous rain in certain parts of China such as the southwest. It becomes important to keep warm and prevent autumn dryness. Traditional foods for these period include longans (in Fuzhou, Fujian), wine, grapes and sweet potatoes.

中元节 Hungry Ghost Festival 25 Aug 2018

Today is the Hungry Ghost Festival which is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh lunar month in China. The souls of the dead are supposed to return during the seventh month so this is a day in which offerings to ancestors are made, lanterns floated on rivers for the departed, incense and paper offerings, some of them very elaborate burnt for the use of the dead.

Here is how Hungry Ghost Festival is celebrated in Singapore where I live.

https://www.scmp.com/lifestyle/travel-leisure/article/2160024/singapores-hungry-ghost-festival-what-do-lion-city-during