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The Origin of the Lantern Festival and the Tradition of Eating Tangyuan    

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7278 Views | 24 Comments | 2/19/2014 3:31:38 PM
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#2014-02-23 08:05:44 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

"I wonder how often that happens?"

Yes, this is a good question, John. How often would a city block of tall concrete buildings be decimated resultant from the tipping over of a single oil lantern?

Investigations on the internet reveal that fortunately, it doesn't frequently occur. Probably less than five times in the past fifty years, would be my best guess.

So people living in their concrete fortresses during the period of the Lantern Festival need not necessarily be quaking in their boots about the prospect of this occurring. It wouldn't do any harm however, for everyone living in this situation to have an emergency evacuation plan, including the provision of bright yellow hard hatted helmets, just in case their building does in fact collapse over them.

Forewarned is forearmed, after all.

#2014-02-23 09:36:42 by anonymous9013 @anonymous9013

Panda thanks for another great informative lesson. I like to read the blogs on this site but yours are my favorite. I look forward to reading more from you. Thanks again.

#2014-02-23 18:25:09 by pourquoipasamour @pourquoipasamour

@John Abbot Look at what happened at the horrible terrorist attack to the buildings of the WTC, which costed hundreds of innocent lives and will never be forgotten. If we have tall buildings today, we owe to the ingenuity and resourcefulness and geniality of American engineering. Before, buildings were supported by the walls and columns only and they could not build sky high structures. What brought the WTC buildings down was the intense heat that melted the metal structures which supported the concrete. No, concrete itself I guess will not burn, but if other materials which support the buildings are weakened, the whole structure will come down.

#2014-02-24 14:30:21 by Barry1 @Barry1

@pourquoipasamour

"How do you manage to insert GIF pictures in your article?"

The main problem with GIFs as I understand, is that they're limited to 256 colours. So whilst their movement and dynamism is appealing, they can't really be blown up to a large size, as the quality (or lack thereof) of the graphics deteriorates.

But sure, they look interesting enough. If you look carefully at the GIF Panda presented here though, you'll see some of the colours look a little "grainy". So at the end of the day, it seems if you want to present a nice big picture, sadly a GIF won't cut the mustard.




#2014-02-25 07:56:30 by Barry1 @Barry1

@pourquoipasamour

Thanks for your interesting comments, Pourquoipasamour.

You seem to be a thinker with a lot to share with others around you.

A true "salt of the Earth" type of person.

Well done, my friend! (clap)

#2014-02-25 20:30:21 by panda2009 @panda2009

@Barry1
Can't we use electric light, because worry about getting an electric shock? In facte, we had a very long history of fire lighting before Thomas Alva Edison invenred the electric light in 1879.

#2014-02-25 21:22:38 by panda2009 @panda2009

@JohnAbbot, @dancingshoes, @sandy339, @pourquoipasamour, @anonymous9013,
Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. I did study 3 editions books of Chinese Culture, and 2 books of Chinese folklore during my university undergraduate peogramme, postgraduate, and preparing my examination of teaching Chinese language to foreigners in 2005. I am so proud of our long historical culture, traditions, and try to introduce our Culture, traditions, folklore in English language step by step.

I got the GIF picture from my classmate on qq which has been moving since I got it.

#2014-02-26 17:53:11 by Barry1 @Barry1

@panda2009

"I got the GIF picture from my classmate on qq which has been moving since I got it."

Dear Panda,

I must admit that I burst out laughing when I read the above sentence. I found it kinda funny to think in my head that this dynamic little GIF has been "moving ever since I got it", almost as if it had a mind of its own. lol

It reminds me of some demented cockroach or other hapless creature, that simply won't die, no matter how many times it's shunted from page to page or computer to computer.

In fact, it reminds me of a classic 1977 song from the USA that Chinese folks would never have heard before - "Hotel California" by "The Eagles":

"And in the master's chambers,
They gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives,
But they just can't kill the beast"

In this case, the "beast" is this gnarly GIF, that just won't stop moving!

Well done, Panda - without knowing it, you inadvertently just produced the best piece of humour in my view, that's been on this website so far for the year of 2014! :D

#2014-02-27 15:55:45 by JohnAbbot @JohnAbbot

@Barry1

"it reminds me of a classic 1977 song from the USA that Chinese folks would never have heard before - "Hotel California" by "The Eagles"

Barry, you truly have not spent much time in China. Hotel California is very likely the all time most heard Western song in China. In my 11 years in China I have never stopped hearing it play in bars, in the street, in shops, everywhere I go. I think it may be slowly fading away now, but it seemed like it might replace the Chinese national anthem for a while.

#2014-02-28 09:23:56 by Barry1 @Barry1

@JohnAbbot

"Hotel California is very likely the all time most heard Western song in China. In my 11 years in China I have never stopped hearing it play in bars, in the street, in shops, everywhere I go."

Your comments were in response to my comments as follows:

"it reminds me of a classic 1977 song from the USA that Chinese folks would never have heard before"

Thank you for your earnest and well meaning advice here, John.

Though I really must add that in turn, your comments have given me the SECOND biggest laugh so far this year from what's been written on CLM - second only to Panda's hilarious "it won't stop moving" GIF comments above, that even as I write this, makes me smile.

Well done, John. Thanks so much for the wonderful piece of great humour - made even more poignantly funny by the fact it wasn't intended as such!

Of course, only people with a rather dry and offbeat sense of the comical can see what I'm driving at here. Most "normal" folks probably would think I'm nuts and have no idea what I'm going on about! (rofl)

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