Thangka is the name given to this family of artifact created for religious purposes by Tibetan artists.
It is traditionally intended for aiding the process of meditation for monastic students to engage in deepened consolidations. It is also used for elaboration and demonstration of buddhism ideas.
In terms of its artistic value, it is one of the most prestigious south-eastern asian art works that exists with a ritual background whilst possessing a cultural importance, whose existence had been unprecedentedly taken care thoroughly by the most superior preserver of buddhism — dharma-rājas and the last Chinese royal family in the history.
Since Tibetan buddhism was embraced by the last empire existed in the history of China — Qing清朝, Thangka as a form of art and religious artifact was been introduced by the emperor to his people, since then a reputation of Thangka developed gradually as being an extremely sophisticated and detailed artwork from a mysterious divine region of Qing.
Mid-Autumn Festival is near…however, what is the Mid-Autumn Festival?
This year, Mid-Autumn Festival is on the 1st of October. The Mid-Autumn Festival is another large festival after Chinese New Year. This festival is celebrated on August 15th of the lunar calendar when the moon is the roundest and brightest in each month. The Mid-Autumn Festival is to commemorate Chang’e (the Chinese goddess of the moon). On this festival, people all over China experience a day of holiday.
On this day, there are two main activities, eating moon cakes and watching the moon. Usually, people stay at home to watch the moon, or they go outside to watch. Everyone will receive gifts and people will give mooncakes to friends. Apart from these activities, some evenings will have some special and interesting performances, therefore this festival is very lively.