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Let go CNY! Free Spring Couplet for you at Xiamen Metro stations

Updated: 2018-01-29
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From February 2nd to 4th, 2018, an event entitled "Blessings for Spring Festival, Joyful Reunions" was jointly held by the Xiamen Federation of Trade Unions, Xiamen Rail Transport, and the Xiamen Calligraphy Association.

During the event, passengers can receive free Spring Festival Couplets, known as Spring Couplets or Chinese New Year Couplets, at the following Metro stations:
 
Date:
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., February 2nd, 2018
Metro stations:
Hubin Dong Station/湖滨东站, Lvcuo Station/吕厝站, Wushipu Station/乌石埔站, Jimei School Village Station/集美学村站, and Yuanboyuan Station/园博苑站

Date:
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., February 3rd to 4th, 2018
Metro stations:
Zhongshan Park Station/中山公园站, Hubin Dong Station/湖滨东站, Lvcuo Station/吕厝站, Wushipu Station/乌石埔站, Jimei School Village Station/集美学村站, and Yuanboyuan Station/园博苑站

Spring Festival Couplets are a common and important part of celebrating Chinese New Year. The tradition of hanging the couplets at the entrance of homes is widely kept both in modern cities and rural areas of China.

With black or golden characters written on red paper, Spring Festival Couplets are composed of a pair of lines of poetry vertically pasted on both sides of the front door and a four-character horizontal scroll affixed above the doorframe. Pasting couplets at the entrance to one’s home is a way to express delight in the festival and wishes for a better life in the coming year.
 

Legend and History

Spring Couplets originated from Taofu, inscriptions on boards made from peach trees during the Zhou Dynasty (1046 to 256 BC). According to legend, in the ghost world, a rooster perched in a big peach tree crows at dawn to call back wandering ghosts. At the entrance of the ghost world, there are two guards named Shentu and Yulei. If the ghosts harm any people at night, the guards kill them and feed them to the tiger for breakfast. People believed that peach trees can scare and subdue evil things, so they hung peach boards in front of their doors with the guards' names written or inscribed on them.

During the Song Dynasty (960 to 1279 AD), the wood boards were replaced by paper, and people focused more on good wishes for the future. The custom became popular in the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644 AD). When the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang traveled to inspect his kingdom, he found the pairs of scrolls interesting. In order to advocate and promote the cultural activity, he ordered all households to paste the scrolls at the entrances to their homes during the Chinese New Year. The tradition continues today.

SOURCE: WOX Team
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