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UPDATED: 11:08, January 25, 2006
Spring Festival: couplets and pictures
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It's time again to paste Spring Festival couplets.

Where to paste
Spring Festival couplets refer to antithetical couplets written on scrolls which convey people's wishes for peace, fortune and good-luck with concise and matching words.

The couplets can be pasted on doorposts, door panels and lintel, as well as on furniture and screen wall.

Photo:A traditional Chinese doorgod.
A traditional Chinese doorgod.

The custom of writing couplets on peach panels started in the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), and became popular in the Song dynasty (960-1279). The couplets earned their official name from Zhu Yuanzhang, the emperor who opened the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) and had become a form of art by the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

New Year pictures

Traditional New Year pictures, usually made by blockprinting, are featured by simple and clear lines with brilliant colors in scenes of prosperity. The themes embodied in the New Year Pictures cover a wide range of subjects, from plump babies to the Buddha of Longevity, from landscapes to birds and flowers, from the ploughing cattle in spring to bumper harvests in autumn. The message in all pictures is always good luck, festivity and other nice things in the wish of the people.

New Year pictures are one of the most influential cultural forms of traditional Chinese folk art.

Photo:A Yangliuqing New Year picture
A Yangliuqing New Year picture

New Year pictures originated from "door gods" which started in the Han dynasty (206BC-25AD) and changed into woodblock pictures during the Song dynasty.

Four major producers
New year pictures are produced in all regions in China with different local characteristics and their four leading producers are located at the Yangliuqing Village near northern port city of Tianjin; Taohuawu Village near the eastern scenic city of Suzhou, Jiangsu Province; Yangjiabu Village near eastern city of Weifang, Shandong Province and Mianzhu city in southwest China's Sichuan province.

By People's Daily Online

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