元宵节去哪玩？来行通济啦！Crossing Tongji Bridge
2019-02-17 Source：Foshan China
“Crossing Tongji Bridge, troubles go away!” The annual grand event “Crossing Tongji Bridge” will be held on February 19th and 20th in Chancheng. How to spend it with the most fun? What are the unknown knowledge of "Crossing Tongji Bridge"? Let me tell you！
Review the grand occasion of “Crossing Tongji Bridge”
“Crossing Tongji Bridge” is an annual grand cultural event in Foshan! This traditional folk custom has lasted for more than 400 years, which began in the late Ming and early Qing Dynasty. On every 15th and 16th day of the first lunar month, almost every family in Foshan would cross the Tongji Bridge with the elderly and children.
At Lantern Festival's evening, hundreds of thousands of people flock to the front of the Tongji Bridge with friends or families. Each of them hold a small windmill and walk slowly across the bridge, speaking “Crossing Tongji Bridge, Troubles Go Away” to pray for peace in the coming year.
With its unique charm, Crossing Tongji Bridge, a folk cultural activity in which the whole city participates, has not only attracted more and more Chinese and foreign friends to experience Foshan's unique Lingnan culture, but also sent Foshan culture to other places, which will polish the brand of Foshan's traditional culture and build a bridge of friendship.
The highlights of “Crossing the Tongji Bridge”
On the eve of the “Crossing Tongji Bridge” activities this year, the Lingnan Garden Party will be held in the Carp Square, Lingnan Tiandi in the afternoon of February 18th. The public can experience activities such as fishing goldfish, tossing coins, guessing riddles, and throwing pots to review childhood joyous time.
During the Lantern Festival, Foshan traditional custom is infused with new connotations and the warmth of charity. In the afternoon of February 2nd, “Foshan in Warm Love, Charitable Cultural Parade" series of activities will be conducted, which will make Tongji Bridge turn into a sea of love and joy.
In addition, the traffic control, bus detour, and booth setting schemes have been released earlier, of which 8 roads are completely closed, 72 buses have to be bypassed. Let’s click the link to know more.
Some knowledge of “Crossing Tongji Bridge”
The distinctive feature of “Crossing Tongji Bridge” is to bring windmills, wind bell, lettuce and other mascots.
Bringing lettuce is a common custom of crossing Tongji Bridge. Lettuce(生菜) stands for making money in Chinese. Tourists can take lettuce back home after crossing the bridge, which means taking money home.
Windmills implies smooth sailing and good luck, while wind bells have a good moral of bringing gospel after crossing the Tongji Bridge.
However, there are some taboos when you cross Tongji Bridge. For example, don’t take two-way route with a return. Otherwise, it’s unlucky. Also, it is inadvisable for tourists to throw lettuce and paper money. Insteadly, tourists should take lettuce back home after crossing the bridge, having the meaning of "bringing money home".
The annual “Crossing Tongji Bridge” is coming!
Don’t hesitate to participate in this grand cultural event together
with your families and friends!