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Free Chinese lecture on Spring Festival couplets| Jan. 13
From: Shenzhen Daily
Updated: 2019-01-11 16:01

Chinese calligraphy lovers are recommended to join a talk presented by Chinese calligrapher and Nanjing Arts Institute professor Huang Dun on Jan. 13. He will talk about the history and aesthetics in Spring Festival couplets.

Huang Dun

In Chinese culture, a couplet is a pair of lines of poetry which adhere to certain rules. Outside of poems, they are usually seen on the sides of doors leading to people’s homes or as hanging scrolls in an interior. The two lines have a one-to-one correspondence in their metrical length and each pair of characters must have certain corresponding properties. A special, widely seen type of couplet is the spring couplet, used as a Chinese Lunar New Year’s decoration that expresses happy and hopeful thoughts for the coming year.

Couplets have a history of more than 1,000 years and remain an enduring aspect of Chinese culture. Often, Spring Festival couplets are written on red paper. Sometimes, they are carved onto plaques of wood for a more permanent display.

Time: 3-5 p.m., Jan. 13

Venue: He Xiangning Art Museum, 9013 Shennan Boulevard, Nanshan District (南山区深南大道9013号何香凝美术馆)

Metro: Line 1 to OCT Station (华侨城站), Exit C