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2017-11-30 15:55:22 作者:jinlei

Postscript

 

China has developed its splendid and profound culture during its long history of 5000 years. It has a vast territory, numerous nationalities as well as the colorful festivals. The rich festival activities have become the invaluable tourism resources. The traditional festivals, such as the Spring Festival, the Tomb-Sweeping Day, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival and the Double Ninth Festival as well as the festivals of ethnic minorities, are representing the excellent traditional culture of China and have become an important carrier bearing the spirits and emotions of the Chinese people, the spirit bond for the national reunification, national unity, cultural identity and social harmony, and the inexhaustible motive force for the development of the Chinese nation.

In order to spread the excellent traditional culture of China, and build the folk festival brand for our country, the Folk Festival Commission of the China Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science (CUAES) has worked with the Anhui People’s Publishing House to publish the Colorful Chinese Festival Series under the support from the State Council Information Office. For this purpose, the Folk Festival Commission has established the editorial board of the Colorful Chinese Festival Series, by inviting Mr. Steven Wood Schmader, the president and CEO of the International Festival And Events Association (IFEA); Mr. Feng Jicai, the executive vice-president of China Federation of Literary and Art Circles; Mr. Zhou Mingfu, the deputy director of the National and Religious Committee of the CPPCC as consultants; Dr. Peng Xinliang, the Secretary General of the Chinese National Festival Committee as the chief editor; and 16 famous scholars as the members to organize, plan, select and determine the topics and determine the authors. After the establishment of the board, 50 famous experts and scholars in the field of festivals and the festival planners with extensive experiences have been invited to jointly edit the series.

The planning of the Colorful Chinese Festival Series is to promote the traditional Chinese culture, explore the local and unique cultures, showcase the charms of the festivals of the Chinese nation, express the gorgeous and colorful folk customs and create a festival image for cities. The target consumers of the series are the readers both at home and abroad who are interested in the festivals in China, and the purpose of the series is to promote the traditional culture and modern culture of China in the world and make the world know China in a better way by using the festivals as carrier. The editorial board requests the editors shall integrate the theories and practices and balance the expertise and the popularity.

At present, the first part of the series will be published, namely the Festivals in Spring, the editorial work of the part has been started in April, 2012 and completed in June, 2013. During this period of time, the editorial board has held six meetings to discuss with the authors and translators in terms of the compiling styles, outlines, first draft and translation to improve the draft and translation; and consult with the publishing house in terms of the graphic design, editorial style and publishing schedule to improve the cultural quality of the series.

This series are the product of the cooperation between the Folk Festival Commission and the Anhui Peoples Publishing House. Anhui Peoples Publishing House is the first publishing house of its kind in Anhui Province, which has a history of more than 60 years, and has been in the leading position in terms of foreign transmission. The Folk Festival Commission is the only organization at the national level in the field of the research of the Chinese festivals, which has rich expert resource and local festival resource. The series have integrated the advantageous resources of both parties. We will be delighted and gratified to see that the series could promote the foreign transmission of the Chinese culture, promote the inheritance and preservation of the traditional and folk cultures, express the cultural charms of China and build the festival brand and image of China.

The Colorful Chinese Festival Series is bearing the wisdoms and knowledge of all of its authors and the great efforts of the editors, and explaining the splendid cultures of the Chinese nation. We hereby sincerely express our gratitude to the members of the board, the authors, the translators and the personnel in the publishing house for their great efforts and to all friends from all walks of the society for their supports. We hope you can provide your invaluable opinions for us to further promote the following works so as to show the world our excellent festival culture.

This series uses a large number of pictures in order to unfold the festive cultures in a vivid way to readers at home and abroad. Some of them are shot by the authors themselves, some of them come from the picture bank of the Folk Festival Commission (contributed and authorized by the local folk festival organizations or organizers of local festival celebrations), and some of them are bought from Saitu Website or taken from the news media. Since the limit of time, we cant contact the contributors one by one. Please dont hesitate in contacting the editorial board of this series (e-mail: pengxinliang@zhjqw.org) if youre the contributor. Well pay you contribution fee by conforming to the state stipulations.

 

Editorial Board of the Colorful Chinese Festival Series

December, 2016

 

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