“Flavor of Chinese New Year” series six: How to “Play” snow and ice Spring Festival?

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“Flavor of The Chinese New Year” series six: How to “play” snow and ice Spring Festival?China News Service, Beijing, February 2How to “play” snow and ice during Spring Festival?As the old year ends and the New Year begins, Chinese people take advantage of the Spring Festival holiday to recharge their batteries for the coming year after a year of hard work.In this regard, playing is a big deal.This year’s Spring Festival coincides with the Beijing Winter Olympic Games, and ice and snow activities become “fun to play”.Beijing Summer Palace, Beihai Park, Shichahai Ice rink, men, women and children to enjoy a gallop;Harbin Ice and Snow World, the cold is hard to block the enthusiasm of citizens to appreciate ice sculptures, snow sculptures and ice lanterns;Skiers get ready to make final preparations on the snow flying platform in Shougang.Winter, all things bleak, especially in the middle and high latitudes, snow and ice covered the land, frozen rivers.People embrace and talk with nature, creating numerous ice and snow activities and forming a colorful ice and snow culture.The first ice and snow activities were closely related to the production and life style of the ancient working people.About 10,000 years ago, cave paintings in Altay, Xinjiang, China, depicted people hunting on skis.Similarly, prehistoric evidence of skiing is found in the Ural Mountains of Russia, Norway, Sweden and northern Finland.In order to cope with the harsh snow and ice environment in winter, the northern nationalities with similar latitude and natural conditions created skis, skates, ice carts and sleds in long-term practice as tools for hunting, transportation and military operations to improve survival and production capacity, thus forming lifestyles, ways of making a living and cultural customs.In the interaction with nature, human beings constantly understand and adapt to nature, and then learn to coexist with nature better.With the accumulation of material wealth and the development of society and culture, people begin to pursue satisfaction and pleasure in the spiritual world.The ice and snow presented by nature are endowed with more cultural connotations, and natural resources are organically combined with the development of human civilization, resulting in different characteristics of ice and snow culture.In ancient China, the traditional ice and snow culture was influenced by Confucianism and northern ethnic culture, and was demonstrated through literary and artistic creation and folk activities of leisure and entertainment.Literati love to admire snow yong snow, “the sky and clouds and mountains and water, the next white”, is alone to enjoy the snow relaxed and happy;”Late days to snow, can drink a cup of no”, is a friend of the snow night cooking wine warm warmth;”Sitting between the pines in leisure, watching the snow on the pines” is the leisure fun of melting snow and frying fragrant tea;”Wax snow sales at the beginning of the plum blossom, plum and snow phase, magpie wear flowers turn”, is the snow to find mei’s pleasure.In qing ci li sentence, it is the philosophical thinking and value orientation of harmonious coexistence between man and nature and unity of nature and man.After tang and Song dynasties, bamboo horses, ice beds and other instruments gradually changed from means of transportation to recreational tools, and all kinds of ice sports are collectively called “bingxi”.During the Song and Yuan dynasties, people liked to “make snow lions and snow lanterns, in order to be close to the old”, and put “snowflakes” and “snow lanterns” in golden POTS to enjoy.In the Qing Dynasty, ice skating, scrambling, dragon shooting, ice cuju, ice acrobatics and other bingxi activities integrated with more Manchu customs were institutionalized and celebrated. They not only assumed the important political functions of diplomatic etiquette and national strength, but also became recreational activities for people to share the same pleasure.Western ice and snow culture was deeply influenced by European maritime civilization.Ancient Greece, located in the Mediterranean Sea, is an important birthplace of Western civilization. Frequent maritime activities cultivated their national character of daring to explore and take risks, advocating physical strength and individual competition. It has been continued since ancient Greece, and part of it has evolved into the core values of the Olympic spirit — Higher, faster and stronger.Ice and snow sports are a vivid interpretation of people’s adventurous spirit to explore the oceans and polar regions, as well as another kind of transcending the limits of human beings.At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, ice sports such as skiing, skating, ice hockey and other ice sports were popularized and developed in European and American countries, giving birth to modern ice sports with competitive and regular features.Since then, as a concrete carrier of “Western civilization”, modern ice and snow sports have spread widely around the world.From traditional Chinese ice and snow activities to modern western winter sports, Chinese and Western ice and snow cultures have their own characteristics and history, just as the world civilization has diversity and difference, and the communication and integration of civilizations has drawn a colorful picture of ice and snow.In the process of diversified social development and exchanges and mutual learning among civilizations, traditional and ethnic ice and snow cultures have not been abandoned.Now altay, Xinjiang, fur skiing, horse-drawn sleigh and other ethnic cultural heritage into the local tourism, promoting the “white economy” while protecting the ancient nomadic culture;In the Sami communities of Tromso, Norway, and Lapland, Finland, traditional reindeer races draw crowds every year to introduce the “last indigenous people of Northern Europe”.Since modern times, China has found a way of communication and integration of Chinese and Western ice and snow culture.Since the end of the 19th century, China has absorbed advanced sports events, sports equipment and ice and snow concepts from Europe and the United States, and also integrated excellent traditional culture, such as Beijing Opera or martial arts movements into ice and snow competitions.Today, Beijing becomes the first “Double Olympic City”, where Chinese and Western ice and snow cultures meet and talk, opening a new chapter in the history of the world ice and snow culture.Transcending time and space, ice and snow culture is constantly enriched in inheritance and innovation, finding a balance between competition and leisure, and seeking consensus under dialogue and integration.Different forms of ice and snow activities are wrapped in the spiritual core of human advocating nature, loving life, blooming life and transcending limits.Editor: Gu Wanquan, Zhang Wu editor: Song Yanlin source: Author: Chinanews.com