Icy weather offers warming treats

By Zhang Lei | China Daily | Updated: 2022-12-06 06:16
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Workers move flower trays in a greenhouse in Hai'an, Jiangsu province. [Photo by Wang Ruizhong/Zhai Huiyong/Geng Yuhe/Zhou Changguo/For China Daily]

The embedded cultural roots prompted the Beijing Folklore Museum to launch its Twenty-Four Solar Terms folk culture performance series in 2020. On the very day of daxue that year, the show ended in rapturous applause in the museum's theater hall with the solar term song Major Snow sung, and dancers in white costumes descending from above in sling ropes, acting as if they were large "snowflakes" falling from the sky. Their themed performance ushered in another wave of traditional cultural appreciation, still being felt until today.

The museum posted on its Sina Weibo account that the Twenty-Four Solar Terms are a unique temporal Chinese knowledge system that has been passed down from generation to generation, which has profoundly influenced people's way of thinking and code of conduct. They are also an important carrier of the cultural identity of the Chinese nation. Repertoire performances on the very day of each solar term have been staged in an effort to promote the deep integration of intangible cultural heritage, culture and art. In addition to meeting the needs of the audience, the performances are also broadcast to many countries and regions around the world through China Educational Channels.

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