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Thursday, February 17, 2000 - 19:30

The Chinese Spring Festival

Professor Yan Chongnian

German Embassy 

17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie

Professor Yan Chongnian, whose lectures some of us have been privileged to hear in the past, will give a talk on “The Chinese Spring Festival”. Professor Yan will explain in some detail how this festival was celebrated at court and also by the common people. The Chinese Emperor used to celebrate Chinese New Year at court during an extended holiday of some fifteen days duration, the only holiday observed at court throughout the year. Professor Yan will tell us about the many traditions that go into preparing the festival (preparations at court started months in advance), including food and decorations, as well as some of the rituals connected with the Spring Festival.