Happy Year of the Rabbit! In 2023, Chinese New Year (called 春节 Chūnjié, Spring Festival in Chinese) falls on January 22nd, and lasts 15 days, finishing with the Lantern Festival on February 5th. What are the origins of this festival, and how can you best welcome in the Year of The Rabbit?
“In my dreams, I am a deer running to the land of bliss. In reality, I am a chicken to be thrown to a boiling pot”.
Su Shi (1037-1101) wrote these lines when, facing deadly serious accusations, he was interrogated in prison. A life-changing experience, it even made the poet reconsider his diet! But how did a statesman of national prominence, once called by Emperor Renzong (1010-1063) a future grand councilor, get himself into this situation?
By Ilina Tatiana
Last Sunday Cultural Keys hosted our annual Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration. We had a fun mooncake tasting, made dough figurines of Chang’E, the moon goddess, and learned about the history and customs of the festival. See some photos of the event below!
It’s Guizhou Week across CK’s social media! Guizhou cuisine isn’t as famous as other Chinese cuisines like Beijing, Guangdong or Sichuan – for example, did you know it’s called Qian Cuisine? (Qian 黔 is the abbreviation of Guizhou.)
One of the most famous dishes in Qian Cuisine is Kaili sour soup fish 凯里酸汤鱼(Kai Li Suan Tang Yu). Let’s find out more about this dish!
Apricot kernel jelly, known as apricot kernel tofu in Chinese (杏仁豆腐 Xìngrén dòufu) is a traditional snack in Jiangsu Province, but found all over China.
Read on to find out more about this delicious delicacy.