In Ziqi's video , she made very nice paper-cut to stick onto the windows when the Spring Festival was coming. Did you know that this traditional Chinese art has been invented since China's Han dynasty in 4th century AD? It originated from cutting patterns for rich Chinese embroideries and later developed into a folk art in itself. Paper cutting has a number of distinct uses in Chinese culture, almost all of which are for health, prosperity or decorative purposes. It often has a heavy emphasis on Chinese characters symbolizing the Chinese zodiac animals. Red is the most commonly used color. The Chinese paper cutting was recognized and listed in the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List in 2009 because it has a history of more than 1,500 years and it represents cultural values of the people throughout China.
Paper cutting remains popular in contemporary China, especially during special events like the Chinese New Year or weddings. So you see Ziqi practice this tradtional art in the video to celebrate the Spring Festival. Papercuttings stuck onto the windows are said to ward off bad luck and bring happiness (resembled by red color) to the house owner.
Buy red papercuttings. Paper cutting serves as a fun activity for children and may bring good luck to you and your family from Ziqi:
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