The day of Celebration of Heaven in China

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 You have probably guessed that this article is devoted to Chinese holiday Tien Kuan Jie so-called the Day of Celebration of Heaven. Just note, that this holiday has particular cultural, historical and symbolic significance for the inhabitants of China. Tien Kuan Jie takes us to the age of Zhou, where the cult of Heaven gained the highest value. Only the supreme leader of China, named by the sacred title “Son of Heaven” had the right to lead this cult only. And this how China gained its second eloquent name “Celestial”. In 2016 Chinese spend the Day of Celebration of Heaven on July 9. But in the traditional calendar Tien Kuan Jie has no permanent date. It is determined by the sixth day of the sixth lunar month in the Chinese lunar calendar. By the way, the number “6” is the central number in Chinese numerological square and represents the accumulation of human physical achievements as well as determines the degree of efficiency and quality of human labor. According to the same theory the number “6” is ruled by the planet Saturn and has strong correlation with the element of Earth.

Actually the feast celebrations is no less interesting. Accordingly the ancient customs the Day of Celebration of Heaven should be spent in family circle. All family members gather for a ritual dinner. People fume their houses by incense, burn paper and prepare special festive dishes. During the Day of Celebration of Heaven all prayers are directed to the main Chinese god – Heaven. Tian-Kuan Jie has a second, more practical significance just like other most important celebrates in China. It is rooted much more deeply in historical meaning and has an ancient pagan origin. This day is still considered the most suitable to ask Heaven about gardens and fields protection from insect pests. But to increase the population of such beneficial worms as silkworms. Additionally to prayers people fumigate their houses carefully to expel pests. One more important rite is purification. Inhabitants wash themselves and bath their pets in the waters thoroughly.

Learning about the ancient Chinese beliefs and traditions we increasingly discover the secrets of formation of this wonderful nation. We get a unique opportunity to feel magic cause and effect connection between the cultural past and present of the great China. Nobody can remain indifferent to these discoveries. After all, while opening the curtain we perceive great pleasure of learning the laws of nature and the spiritual mentality of the entire people.