【International students in community】The Twenty-four Solar Terms
On December 5th, Wang Shanmu, an international student from Lanzhou University, visited the Ganjia Lane community classroom in Baiyin Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou. He intended to join the local residents in learning about the twenty-four solar terms and practicing corresponding hand gestures together.
The term "节气" refers to the twenty-four solar terms, each corresponding to specific seasonal changes and weather patterns. It is a supplementary calendar system established in ancient China to guide agricultural activities, representing the accumulated wisdom and long-term experience of the Chinese laboring people.
The community classroom not only imparts knowledge but also provides hands-on activities such as crafting intangible cultural heritage paper-pulp paintings. Wang Shanmu received a paper-pulp painting depicting the content related to the "Great Snow" solar term and promptly joined an auntie at his table to create the handicraft together.
They used wooden sticks, needles, and tweezers to fill the colored paper pulp into the picture frame. He said, "During the Great Snow season, there's a significant temperature difference between morning and evening. Chinese people like to eat lamb during this time, as it can help dispel cold and nourish the body, promoting blood circulation. I like Great Snow because I enjoy eating lamb!"
In Chinese communities, there are often various community classrooms where people can engage in activities such as crafts, flower arranging, or book discussions. A group of individuals gathers to enjoy life together, creating a cozy atmosphere. Chinese people often say "瑞雪兆丰年" (auspicious snow brings a prosperous year), and the Great Snow season also symbolizes people's hopeful wishes for a better future.
兰州日报社全媒体记者 赵雨欣 汪霺 何佳琪