What enlightenment do we get from fashionable Christmas in China?

16:14, December 24, 2009      

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When you stroll in some down towns in cities of southern China these days, you could come across Santa Claus being sold at market booths or vender stands, and the glittering, beautiful Christmas Tree bedecked in showcases at hotels, and adults and kids alike carrying Santa Claus and superb collections of all beautiful things, which appeal to people's eyes.

Christmas celebrations have become more and more popular in China nowadays and many urbanites and young city people in particular have accepted the Christmas as their own festival, although it was not at all an accepted festival for people in China in the past.

The growing popularity of Christmas is ascribed mainly to two reasons. One is its strong cultural flavor, and the other is its vivid human interest. In the frigid winter days, an affectionate, kind-hearted Santa Clause is seen riding in sled to deliver toys and other gifts to kids, which all children have longed for. And on Saint Valentine's Day, which falls on Feb. 14, it has also become a common practice among friends and lovers to exchange gifts or handwritten notes or to opt to send a card or to present a red rose to the love one, which is really full of romance and affection. To date, an increasing number of Chinese follow suit and get involved in the very romantic practice for this very special day.

It is definitely not a bad thing for people in China to have a growing zeal for foreign festivals, and still less an issue of worshipping things foreign or of fawning on foreigners or foreign powers to the neglect of traditional Chinese festivals.

In the wake of gradual and steady social progress and enhancement of people's living standards over the past three decades or so, it is an established new fashion to seek a healthy, upturn festival cultural flavor and a warm and affectionate human kindness.

As one of the four great ancient countries of civilization in the world, China has a longstanding history and a splendid culture. So, one top issue for Chinese civilization is how to add the cultural flavor to its traditional festivals and to create an atmosphere for this cultural flavor. This is by no means a trivial matter but a big issue concerning the building of a healthy, recreational and cultural civilization. Today, it is high time for the masses of social workers to study and explore into this great issue. And this also contains what enlightenment or inspiration foreign festivals have wrought to us quietly on the Chinese soil.

By People's Daily Online
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