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March 12, 2022 is the 44th Chinese Arbor Day or Tree Planting Festival. The festival is meant to encourage people to preserve and plant trees.
Just in time for the lovely weather of early spring, we invite you to Six Arts to enjoy the many artistic stories of trees.
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One of the lines in the ancient classic the Book of Rites goes:“ In the first month of spring, it is a great virtue to plant trees.”, which shows the importance of planting trees in spring. In ancient China, there wasn’t a particular festival for tree planting but people have always attached great importance to it.
As an old saying goes:“ there’s no better time to plant trees than the Memorial Festival”, it has been a tradition to plant trees around the Memorial Festival since ancient times. In the Jin Dynasty, Tao Yuanming, a famous scholar, planted five willow trees in front of his residence and called himself “Mr. Five Willow”, which showed his love for willow trees.
During the Three Kingdom period, the dying minister of Kingdom Shu, Zhuge Liang, wrote a letter to the new King, saying that what he left to his descendants was only a mulberry tree planted by himself. Such an incorruptible and loyal official deserves our deep reverence to this day.
Chinese people have had a special feeling for pine trees since ancient times due to their evergreen and hardy nature, which is a symbol of fortitude and longevity. So pine trees are a common theme of wood carvings, and in the Six Arts Museum collection, we can see many of them.
A few months ago, the teachers and graduates from Shengze No.1 Middle School planted a tree to commemorate their 30-year friendship with the hope that the tree will flourish in the lively cultural atmosphere of Six Arts.