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Tainan International Chisi Arts Festival - The Coming-of-age Celebration (Festival)
2009-06-16 15:20:00
2009-06-16 15:21:00
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Leanne Chien
台南市
Leanne Chien
台南市
By TTNews Reporter Chiu Wei-Cheng
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Tainan City, Taiwan –


Chisi or Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day, celebrates on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month every year. Qixi Festival also has a widespread story of the cowherd and weaver girl in most of Chinese-speaking regions. On this specific day, Tainan will hold the ceremony of turning 16 years of age celebrating the children’s arrival at adulthood on the birthday of Chiniangma, the 7th daughter of the Jade Emperor. It makes the Chinese Valentine’s Day very romantic yet full of ancient traditional meanings.

During the ceremony of the coming-of-age, usually the grandmothers will prepare new clothes, golden pieces and other gifts for their grandchildren. The children will be accompanied by their parents to the temple to express their appreciation of Chiniangma’s blessing for 16 years. The children will crawl past and under the offering table of Chiniangma and a miniature Chiniangma pagoda as a ritual passage to adulthood. Afterwards, the pagoda will be burned. In this way, it symbolizes that being a young adult comes with great responsibilities.

Tainan International Chisi Arts Festival - The Coming-of-age Celebration will be held a series of turning 16 activities on the eve of 7th day of the 7th lunar month every year to celebrate the children’s arrival at adulthood. This event enhances the finesse of the traditional culture and makes the traditional rituals more approachable, so that people can have a better understanding of this ancient ritual.

The annual venue is chose to hold in Confucius Temple Historical Area, Tainan City. The event combines the traditional culture with modern performing arts and successfully converts into a commercial tourist activity, providing people a rich diversity of life! During the ceremony of the coming-of-age, nearby temples, including Linshui Madam Temple, Anping Tianhou Temple, Yonghua Temple and Guandi Temple, will also host related temple festivals at the same time.


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English and Chinese
Chisi or Qixi Festival: 七夕
Chiniangma: 七娘媽
Confucius Temple Historical Area: 孔廟文化園區
Linshui Madam Temple: 臨水夫人廟
Anping Tianhou Temple: 安平開台天后宮
Yonghua Temple: 永華宮
Guandi Temple: 關帝殿




【節慶】府城七夕16歲藝術節 青少年責任的開始

邱偉誠/台南市

農曆七月初七為七夕,是中國情人節,流傳天上牛郎和織女相會的愛情故事。同時此日更是七娘媽,也就是大家所熟知七仙女的誕辰。府城在這一天有做16 歲的禮俗,慶祝年逢16歲的小孩長大成人,讓羅曼蒂克的七夕情人節,更是增添富饒古味的傳統意義。

  一般台南人做16歲的習俗,是由外婆張羅贈新衣、金飾以及禮品,由16歲的青少年在父母親的陪同下到廟宇,感謝七娘媽16年的庇佑。鑽過神案的儀式,藉此開智慧。接著再焚燒七娘媽亭,代表青少年脫離七娘媽的保護長大成人,可以分擔家計負起社會責任,象徵傳承和責任的延續。

  台南府城針對做16歲的習俗,每年在農曆七月初七前夕以及當天,規畫府城七夕16歲藝術節,為青少年舉辦許多相當有意義的活動。不論是16歲少年營、成年禮科儀,或是16歲家庭掛燈,府城七夕16歲藝術節活動的舉辦,提升傳統文化的精緻度和傳統習俗的平易近人,讓這項古禮更加貼近民眾的日常生活。

  每年主場地選在孔廟文化園區的府城七夕16歲藝術節,結合傳統文化和現代表演藝術,藉由成年禮科儀展、國內外藝文團體的表演,以及青年創意市集和傳統美食的聚會,將做16歲的習俗,成功轉型為商業觀光活動。行銷台南、創意台南,古都台南的意象,提供民眾豐富多元的生活。

  同樣的日本仙台的七夕,也轉型為商業觀光活動。台南做16歲的成年禮,在七夕16歲藝術節的開跑同時,各地廟宇包括臨水夫人廟、安平開台天后宮、永華宮和關帝殿等地廟宇,也同步舉行相關習俗活動。

  藉由府城七夕16歲藝術節的推廣,除了象徵16歲的青少年獨立擔當責任的開始,為自己的行為負責之外,同時也是府城台南推廣國際化、全球化的一個重要節慶活動。(攝影/邱偉誠)

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