(New Year walks to the grassroots) People pray for blessings and welcome the spring in Shanghai in the southern small year
Chinanews.com, Shanghai, January 15th (Reporter Fan Yubin) January 15th, the twenty-fourth day of the twelfth lunar month in the lunar calendar, is a small year in the south. To the surprise of Shanghai people, there was “the first snow in 2023” in Shanghai on that day. . Amidst the snowflakes flying all over the sky, many Shanghai residents took advantage of the weekend to walk into the Jade Buddha Temple to pray for blessings at the end of the year and make good New Year wishes.
On that day, the Jade Buddha Temple was free of charge to enter the temple with incense and flower coupons, and the temple was festive and peaceful, full of popularity. “Jade Rabbit Brings Auspiciousness and Sends Fortune to Thousands of Families——Write Spring Festival couplets for the public” public welfare welcome event was held in Jade Buddha Temple from 14th to 15th. The masters of the temple and famous calligraphers in Shanghai waved their pens on the spot to write Spring Festival couplets for the public, ” Fu” word.
Residents of Shanghai display the Chinese character “福”.Photo by Fan Yubin
There is no spring without couplets, and spring is stronger with blessings. Pasting the word “Fu” and writing Spring Festival couplets have always been the traditional customs of Chinese people to welcome the new year. The Jade Buddha Temple has always had a tradition of writing Spring Festival couplets and the word “Fu” for citizens, combining the promotion of traditional Chinese culture with auspicious blessings. In the past two days, the Jade Buddha Temple sent out thousands of copies of “Fu” calligraphy spring stickers and more than a thousand couplets, bringing auspiciousness to thousands of families in Shanghai.
“The year of the tiger is over, the spring breeze is warm, and the year of the rabbit is full of joy.” “The auspicious atmosphere of Kyushu welcomes the spring, and the blessings of the four seas come”… At the event site, Ding Shenyang, chairman of Shanghai Calligraphers Association, and Le Zhenwen, president of Shanghai Juequn Painting and Calligraphy Academy Waiting for several calligraphers to turn the beautiful wishes into strokes on the Spring Festival couplets. At around 8:00 in the morning, there was an endless stream of citizens who came to get married and receive Spring Festival couplets and “Fu” characters, waiting in line in an orderly manner, hoping to get this calligraphy and auspiciousness.
As soon as the festive “Fu” characters and Spring Festival couplets full of auspicious blessings were written, the citizens laughed and “invited” them away before the ink was dry.
Master Weichen of the Jade Buddha Temple wrote the word “Fu” in different fonts and gave it to the citizens. He told a reporter from Chinanews.com: “In this traditional small year, when the auspicious snow is a sign of a good harvest, it is very ceremonial to write Spring Festival couplets and the word ‘Fu’ for everyone. I wish everyone good health, auspiciousness, and peace.”
Ms. Xiong, a Shanghai citizen, learned about the event on the Internet, and came here to receive the word “福”, eat a bowl of vegetarian noodles, and make a New Year’s wish, wishing for a safe and prosperous coming year.
Citizens pray for blessings and take pictures of snow scenes at the Jade Buddha Temple in Shanghai.Photo by Fan Yubin
“The Spring Festival is coming soon. My sister and I came to the temple to make a New Year’s wish. We happened to see this blessing event. We felt very lucky to receive the word “Fu”. We are going to go home and stick it on the gate to wish the new year. The year is prosperous and full of good luck.” Ms. He, a Shanghai citizen, told a reporter from Chinanews.com.
Located in the bustling city of Shanghai, the Jade Buddha Temple was founded in the eighth year of Guangxu (1882) in the Qing Dynasty. It has a history of more than one hundred years and is a well-known Buddhist temple at home and abroad. In recent years, the Jade Buddha Temple has promoted Chinese culture and established Shanghai Juequn Painting and Calligraphy Academy and Shanghai Juequn Academy to give back to the society through traditional Chinese studies, calligraphy and painting.
As the Spring Festival is approaching, the masters of the Jade Buddha Temple will also enter nursing homes, welfare homes, homes for the elderly, and activities for children with autism, etc., to write Spring Festival couplets, send blessings, and welcome the new year together.
As the epidemic prevention and control enters a new stage, the Jade Buddha Temple has also regained its former bustling popularity. This year, it will resume the New Year’s Eve ringing bell to pray for New Year’s Eve activities.
Walking out of the Jade Buddha Temple, on the yellow temple wall, there are blessings such as “Peace and Blessing”, “Fu Rabbit Yingrui”, “Keeping Good Fortune”, “Wanfu Ruyi”, “Peace and Blessing”, etc. People who come and go welcome the first snow , to the new year. (Finish)