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In ancient times for the the Flower Festival, Chinese literati (learned-scholars) would gather under outdoor pavilions to indulge in the unfolding scenergy and exchange calligraphy compositions, poetry recitations and elegant drinks.
Tying Eastern and Western traditions, we wish to celebrate on this occasion the Spring Equinox as well by planting young flowering fruit trees. We cordially invite everyone to plant a tree, cast a wish, tie it to the tree (ribbons will be provided) and watch the tree and blessings grow with time.
CCA will help you keep watch over your tree as it matures from a young seedling into adulthood. Every year, you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful flowers as your tree blossoms in anticipation of Spring. And who knows, maybe by next summer you’ll be enjoying salivating fresh tree-ripened fruits as well!
While it is difficult to ascertain exact historical roots, female figurines unearthed from Han Dynasty tombs in Chengdu, Sichuan Province featured elaborate flower hairpins with gigantic chrysanthemums in the middle of the bun flanked by several smaller flowers on both sides. Hairpins made from fresh flowers have remained popular since. In contrast to the jewel encrusted hairpins of the aristocrats, fresh flowers served as simple yet elegant alternatives for the common folk. Different festivals called for different flowers. In general, hairpins worn in the spring incorporated peonies, apricot and peach blossoms; summer saw camellia and jasmine; autumn featured chrysanthemum and okra; while winter was for plum and cherry blossoms.
The Flower Festival developed during the Tang Dynasty to include its own associated traditions and foods. It is told that the Empress Wu loved flowers so much that every year, towards the day of the Flower Festival, she would order her maids to collect flowers, ground the petals together with rice and steam into cakes. Flower cakes were also given as rewards to ministers and officials of the court. Taste this Flower Festival not only the sweetness of the flowers but also a journey back in time.
China is the land of flowers and poetry. “Flying Flowers” is originally an “elegant” drinking game enjoyed by literati. Typically, the first person would quote a verse of no more than seven characters from a poetry or prose, the second person would need to recite something that had the first character of that line, say “flower” as the second character, the third person quote something that had “flower” as the third character and so on and so forth. The person who broke the rule would take a drink as a penalty.
Drinking games are considered an integral part of Chinese culture. The roots traces back to the Zhou Dynasty and is viewed as an extension of the Confucian emphasis on “rites”. Drinking showcased a host’s hospitality towards guests while the games aspect added a layer intellectualism and turned the drinking into an art form unto itself.
Let’s get ready to play!