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Confucius Museum showcases Spring Festival traditions

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: February 7, 2021
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A kid makes a picture of a door god at Confucius Museum. [Photo provided to China Daily]

Confucius Museum, which is located in Qufu, Jining in East China's Shandong province, recently held an activity for visitors to experience local Spring Festival traditional customs and to celebrate the upcoming holiday.

The customs showcased at the activity included several ones distinct to the Confucius Family Mansion, such as making pictures of door gods and silk flowers.

The pictures of door gods usually go in pairs: one is of a general to ward off evil spirits, while the other is of a literati to bring in good luck. During the activity, visitors can create such a picture using a duplicate copy of a woodblock made in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

Dazhuang silk flowers, which were named as a provincial-level intangible cultural heritage in 2009, were exclusively provided to the Confucius Family Mansion for decoration in ancient times. The process of making such flowers, usually with paper nowadays, was also shown to visitors at the event.

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The process of making silk flowers is displayed at Confucius Museum. [Photo provided to China Daily]

In addition, the museum invited calligrapher Kong Xiangsheng, who is also a descendent of Confucius, to write Spring Festival couplets for the family mansion.

Several other activities, including paper cutting and making traditional Chinese desserts, were also held at the museum.

On Jan 20, Confucius Museum held an exhibition and displayed many cultural relics to celebrate the upcoming Spring Festival.