Introducing my wonderful mom and the people behind Asian Brushpainter

This wonderful website would have never been possible without the inspiration, strength and courage that my mom has always supported me with..

I want to use this blog to introduce my mom to you who is the true artist in our family and whose idea it originally was to share the art of Chinese brush painting with friends from all over the world.

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China in the Year of the Snake

So what is it all about the Year of the Snake according to the Lunar Calendar?

A chinese stamp showing a artistical picture of a snake for chinese new year, year of the snake

In Chinese mythology the early creators of mankind – often referred to as Fu Xi (伏羲) and Nv Wa (女娲) where divine creators and looked like a hybrid of human and snake – the head being human, the body the one of a snake. For this reason, the ancient Chinese worshiped the snake totem.

In Chinese culture, the snake is also often known as the “little dragon” – the Chinese zodiac sign being associated with attributes such as intuition, introspection and refinement. “Snake people” are often considered charming and graceful who can keep a cool in situations of crisis.

Outwardly not seeming emotional their negative attributes are being considered cunning, plotting and scheming to reach their ambitions goals. Known as secretive they do not easily share their inner thoughts with others and often tend to be possessive in partnerships. Being exciting and having a dark attraction is a plus for the latter.

 

The Origin of Chinese New Year: Driving the Monster Nian Away and Welcome the New Year

Wow, can you believe that? It is nearly the end of 2012 and 2013 is just around the corner! Is it me or is the time running faster away than before?

Today I am going to share with you the coming festival which is the biggest occasion in China – the Chinese New Year. During this time most of the cities in China will witness a big decline in residency while the countryside welcomes its children back home and becomes lively.

By now you may wonder, when is the holiday and how long will it last?

Traditionally the Chinese New Year starts from either December 8th or 23rd till January 15th in Lunar Calendar depending on the areas. In the northern part of China the New Year usually starts from December 8th while in the south it starts a few days later at 23rd.
During this time there are three big days: December 29th, 除夕 (Chuxi, the Chinese New Year’s Eve); January 1st, the New Year’s Day and January 15th, 元宵节 (Yuanxiao Festival – the Lantern Festival).

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