For years, our organization, known as “The Reviving 5,000 Years of Civilization Society,” has been dedicated to the revitalization of traditional Chinese culture. Through a series of well-received events, we have successfully promoted a deeper understanding of traditional Chinese culture among both Eastern and Western audiences.
Our events encompass a diverse range of traditional arts, including Hanfu (traditional Han clothing), tea ceremonies, Guqin (ancient Chinese zither) performances, calligraphy demonstrations, and paper-cutting displays.
Chinese tea culture is rich and multifaceted, with the tea ceremony being an integral part of it. In traditional Chinese culture, etiquette has always been paramount, and serving tea has been a symbol of welcome and respect for guests since the Song Dynasty. Beyond hospitality, tea-drinking carries deeper meanings, emphasizing the ‘way’ of tea.
The tea ceremony originated in China and was viewed as a form of self-cultivation before the Tang Dynasty. Through the act of brewing, appreciating, and savoring tea, individuals cultivate themselves, refine their character, nurture friendships, learn etiquette, appreciate life, meditate, and attain spiritual fulfillment and personal growth, achieving harmony with nature. In recent years, this practice has gained popularity in Western societies, with health-conscious individuals embracing it as a way of life.
Throughout history, China has been known as Huaxia or Zhonghua, with the Han ethnic group being the largest and often referred to as ‘Huaxia’ or ‘Zhonghua’ ethnicity. Consequently, Hanfu is commonly recognized as Han clothing or Huafu.
Hanfu, whether in cultural arts, poetry, music, martial arts, dance, or tea ceremonies, embodies the essence of traditional Chinese culture. Its historical evolution reflects the timeless values of ‘benevolence, righteousness, propriety, wisdom, and trust,’ representing the pure beauty of traditional Chinese costume art.
Calligraphy, Guqin, and more
The Guqin, an integral part of traditional Chinese culture, boasts a long history and melodies that exude natural harmony, peace, and profundity. Activities like ‘qin (zither), chess, calligraphy, and painting,’ seemingly leisurely, were ancient methods for self-cultivation, character refinement, wisdom acquisition, and the pursuit of harmony between heaven and humanity. The profound cultural essence it contains is a radiant gem within the 5,000-year tapestry of Chinese civilization.
Moreover, we have had the privilege of being invited by mainstream academic, cultural, and professional clubs, including the University Women’s Club of Vancouver, Probus Clubs, Rotary Clubs, Arbutus Club, and Hollyburn Country Club, to deliver lectures, all of which were met with enthusiastic reception.
Peter Clarke, President of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, expressed his appreciation for our presentation, stating, “I want to extend my gratitude for a captivating presentation to our club. It was not only fascinating but also well-received by all attendees. I must also commend how you embody the values of the incredible cultural narrative you shared today. We all feel newly enlightened.”