Ceremony held to greet spring in Quzhou

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Miaoyuan Village greets the spring with a traditional ceremony in Quzhou City, Zhejiang Province, on Feb. 4, 2018. [Photo/China.org.cn]

Miaoyuan Village in Quzhou City of Zhejiang Province welcomed the start of spring with a grand ritual on Feb. 4.

During the ceremony, residents of Miaoyuan Village held a series of activities, including paying tribute to the god of spring and land and whipping the spring ox, as part of a time-honored ritual to carry on the traditions of China's agricultural history.

The Start of Spring is one of 24 Solar Terms on the Chinese lunar calendar, representing 24 periods and climate governing agricultural arrangements in ancient China. The Solar Terms were inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in 2016.

Liu Kuili, director of the China Folklore Society and deputy director of the Committee of Experts for the Intangible Cultural Heritage in China, said, "The original beauty of folk culture was successfully preserved here." Having paid many visits to the ceremonies held in Quzhou, Liu said he believes that traditional Chinese culture will be passed on from one generation to another here.

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