Friday, February 18, 2011
Practical Functionality: The Chinese Traditional Huichun Activities 书法的实用性：传统的挥春活动
The traditional Huichun is alive and well in Singapore with many activities and competitions organised by various associations and organisations during the Chinese New Year period. Huichun are strips of red papers with phrases or words of good omen. Traditionally, Chinese likes to paste these Hui Chun in prominent places in their homes and workplace to bring luck and positive energy. This is really the practical functionality of Chinese calligraphy in action.
They were three major Huichun activities organized on 13 Feb 2011. Huichun activities were organized by the Braddell Height Community Club and the Singapore Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan, while the 28th National Huichun Calligraphy Competition was co-organised by Zaobao and the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore.
Competing in primary, secondary, tertiary and open categories, they ranged in age from 6 to 83. Mr Anthony Ho, vice-president of the Chinese Calligraphy Society of Singapore and chief judge of the competition, pointed out five criteria to judge Chinese calligraphy: stroke of characters; consistency in writing; similarity of size of characters; ink tone; and overall look.
It attracted 1,300 participants to put their best strokes forward at The Float @ Marina Bay. This was the first time that the competition was held at the floating platform at the Marina Bay. Due to the constraint of the venue, the contestants had to write without the calligraphy without a table. Some contestants had therefore decided to bring their own writing tables.
The Huichun event was one of the fringe events of the River Hongbao 2011.