Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Month of Mini Holidays: Day 5

Ever hear someone shout "Happy Festival of the Sweeping of the Tombs, Everybody!" Nope? Didn't think so.

This is a strange Chinese Dio de los Muertos (spanish grammar perhaps not intact).

What's going on Taiwan? Government enforced non-legal Children's day (Under article 5 of course) vs. a cool celebration of life for our ancestors.

China's beating you out.

This morning at two minutes and three seconds after 1:00 in the morning, the time and date was...

01:02:03 04/05/06.

3 Bitching, Moaning and Praise

Blogger Megan said...

Hey sugar, just thought I'd check in on the April count-down. I posted some pics today of Cade's new hat. v cute.
Miss you!

2:04 am  
Blogger Big Ell said...

I have actually heard it many times. Shengri Ching Ming Jie is screamed throughout the land and heard in the heavens. Children's Day is before Tomb Sweeping Day or Ching Ming Jie for a number of reasons. Without Christmas, Taiwanese children live in a joyless world full of gaming and studying. Yes, they get cash at Chinese New Years, but that loot is normally taken by their mother's to support their mahjong habits and the father's use it to pay off officials and mistresses in China. Children feel happy when they receive gifts, even if it is a crappy Chinese made toy that will break before the first spring roll is eaten. Gifts also trick the children into a feeling of well being. Confucius once said "Give a child a gift and they won't mind the whip." The children then don't feel so bad about spending one of their few days off toiling in dirty cemetaries with toothbrushes and comet hoping to show respect to relatives they have never met. They also get to burn ghost money so that their relatives can buy soda and peanuts in the next world. Many of them often get burned by the back draft. Good times!

3:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved the time thing Des - but on this side of the pond we have to wait until 4th May for this to happen. I am going to steal your idea to make myself look cool.

PS Nice pictures of the baptism.


10:08 pm  

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