Enjoy Chinese New Year Painting At Mianzhu
New Year Painting is one of the most important Chinese traditions. It’s a kind of Wood Block Painting which past on walls and doors during New Spring Festival.
Mianzhu new year painting is one of the main four new year paintings of China. I love Mianzhu New Year Painting very much. And hope it can recover quickly from the damage of WenChuan Earthquake.
A boy play with butterfly.
A kind of Gate Gods
A kind of fortune boys
Birthday celebrating new year painting
Lady of Qing dynasty
New year painting of seeking long life.
On the way to MianZhu. (I took these photos just several days after WenChuan earthquake, You can see the windows of house already gone.)
On the way to MianZhu.
On the way to MianZhu.
The Chinese New Spring Festival is coming! Every family would clean its rooms and courtyards and paste New Year Paintings on the windows,doors and walls to seek good luck in the new year.
New Year Painting has thousands years’ history. There are many saying about the origin of New Year painting. The oldest saying was that there were two brothers named Shen Tu and Yu Lei whose duty was to punish ghosts and monsters who wanted do harm to people. Later the Yellow Emperor taught people to draw portraits of Shen Tu and Yu Lei on windows and doors to avoid evil.
In the Song Dynasty, Wood block printing was invented and made the production of New Year Painting much easier. This kind of art became more and more popular among Chinese people. More content and functions also were added to express people’s New Year wishes and blessings.
MianZhu is a county-level city in Deyang, Sichuan, China. The city was heavily damaged during the WenChuan earthquake in May 2008. There were more than 11,000 people died during earthquake. You can know more about this information from my picture report: Visiting MianZhu, 30 Days After WenChuan Earthquake
Mianzhu new year painting is a type of folk Wood Block Painting produced in Mianzhu city. It originated at the end of the Ming Dynasty and flourished in the Guangxu Period of the Qing Dynasty.
I lived in Hanwang, one town of Mianzhu during my childhood. I still remember that one of mine teacher was very good at new year painting, One of her new year painting also gained a kind of international art reward. That’s big honour of our school.
If you visit Mianzhu by car, You can see many houses along the road were printed Mianzhu new year painting. Fortunately, These houses all survived from the earthquake.
It’s the first new year after Wenchuan earthquake, I hope I can have chance to visit Mianzhu again. Hope all people here can have a warm room to live in, and can enjoy MianZhu new year paiting again!
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