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China Travel Photo of the Week: Happy Easter! | Bamboo Compass

China Travel Photo of the Week: Happy Easter!

by Aimee Groom
Posted: April 22nd, 2011 | Updated: April 22nd, 2011 | Comments
Happy easter

It's the most important festival in Christianity and with approximately 54 million Christians in China, you can be sure that there'll be lots of Easter celebrations and special church services going on all over the country this weekend in celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

Though always a minority religion, Christian influences have been at large in China since the days of the old Silk Road when traders and merchants carried with them more than just their wares—they were the harbingers of ideas, stories, concepts and  beliefs from all around the world. But the basic idea behind Easter, whether you're a believer or not, is one that goes beyond religion and borders.

It's a celebration of new life and the traditional symbols associated with Easter in the West—eggs, bunnies, chicks—are found in many cultures throughout the globe as representatives of new life, and go hand-in-hand with the arrival of spring. In China, people have been painting eggs since around 900 B.C., to be given as gifts in honor of spring fertility festivals, and chicks and bunnies regularly appear in pictorial form as symbols of new life. So no matter what your beliefs, take this weekend to celebrate Easter or "Fu Huo Jie" in its most literal translation, as the "festival for the sign of life!"

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