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The Kitchen God and Other Paper Tales of Chinese New Year


Fri Jan 24 2014, 7:00pm–8:00pm

Where: Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place, Museum, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

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  • Admission: Free

One of the most endearing of all Chinese New Year traditions is sending off the former year's Kitchen God, and hanging a new picture of him at the start of a new year. Who is this Kitchen God, who did he report to, and who is he with in these colourful traditional posters? In this lecture, Patricia Bjaaland Welch will discuss some of the most beloved Chinese New Year traditions. Learn about prints, door gods, paper horses, and the gods of wealth and good luck that are still found in many homes today. Welch will also discuss the Chinese calendar, the importance of the Big Dipper in Chinese astrology, and traditional Chinese almanacs.