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Chinese New Year's paper cutting
Photo: Sandy Peters
Paper cuttings are one of the most popular folk arts in China.



Chinese New Year's paper cutting

Photo: Sandy Peters
Now the cuttings have changed. They are full of colors.


 

Chinese New Year Paper Cutting

Cheng Jiang-Jiang from China

If you were in China for New Year's Day, you would see many kinds of paper cuttings on every family's windows. Paper cuttings are one of the most popular folk arts in China. They are properly framed or simply pasted onto the windows.

Traditionally, they were only made of red paper. Most elderly women would make them just with a piece of red paper and a pair of scissors. They made them

Traditionally, they were only made of red paper. Most elderly women would make them just with a piece of red paper and a pair of scissors. They made them for their own families for the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese believed that these paper cuttings can scare away the evil spirits, so they can't get into your house through the windows. The cuttings also bring you luck for the New Year.

Now the cuttings have changed. They are full of colors. Today they are also made in factories. It is not only a custom to have them in public, but they are also a beautiful form of art representing Chinese culture. Many are still made completely by hand, then hand painted in bright colors. They are truly a Chinese miracle. Would you like to have one for the New Year? It would bring you good luck for the New Year. 

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