Best Wishes from the Auspicious Dog - Celebrating the Spring Festival in Museum
February 8 - March 18, 2018 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Hall M, Ground Floor, Capital Museum


Preface

Legend has it that dogs came to protect us at god's will, so they are endowed with a loyal, courageous, wild and kind temperament. In our long-standing relationship, humans have formed an intimate partnership with dogs. They help us pursue prey, guard our houses and herds and accompany us in our lives. Over the long course of interactions, humans have felt dogs' dedication, and developed respect for their characters. Let's gain a better understanding of dogs at our exhibition in the new year!  


1. Auspicious Zodiac

The Chinese Zodiac cultural system, comprising of Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches and twelve animal images, is the essence of the law of temporal and spatial changes in the universe by Chinese ancestors, and reflects humans' wisdom in understanding the objective world. The later generations had further developed and enriched it with various cultural elements and their faith which transcends reality. 


The circulation of Heavenly Stems and Earthly Branches merges into the philosophical concept of the theory of the Five Elements of Yin and Yang and possesses the auspicious meanings of chasing evil. Each vivid animal of the Zodiac also becomes a mascot for one of the twelve years and is placed with people's good wishes. For thousands of years, people have experienced the passing of years through the exchange of Zodiac signs. They have also prayed for good fortune and stability by giving them auspicious meaning. As a result, the system is no longer a way of counting years, but has become a wonderful cultural existence in Chinese people's lives.


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