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 Loushan Pass

1 January 2012  

by Mao Zedong

Amid ferocious wind from the west,
Under the morning moon in season of frost,
The cry from a wild goose is heard,
And the sound of horse hooves clattering on road,
And the hum of bugles in a low note.

Who says the strong pass is an iron wall?
We are crossing its summit once more.
And crossing the summit,
When the hills roll like waves in ocean,
When the sun is blood-red and dying.







A melodic presentation by Chinese military police force of a poem composed by PRC's founding father Mao Zedong


To an increasingly great number of Chinese people, Christmas - the supposed holy birthday - is not Dec 25, but the day after. 118 years ago on Dec 26, Mao Zedong was born, 56 years later, with his leadership the ancient nation regained full independence after 300 years under alien tyranny.


New year's day 2012 is 8 December 2011 in Chinese calendar, and 8 December is the day when Chinese New Year Festival season kicks off each year.

Back to lunar 8 December in year 525 BC, a gentleman named Sakyamuni sitting under a Bodhi tree suddenly recalled all things he ever experienced since the time-no-beginning, and became fully aware of all occurrences in the entire universe, and attained a clear vision of all prospects for the future-no-end. This ultimate liberation of his consciousness from the perceived confinement of a certain individual transformed him from a man into a Buddha.

How did he achieve this? Well, it has reasons of course. Firstly, he had previously sat under the tree meditating for half dozen years without sleeping and eating and anything else. And secondly, he had lately rose up for some walking exercise and along the way he met a goat herder girl and was nourished by her delicious goat milk porridge.

A thousand years later Chinese Buddhist monks commemorited the event by opening free porridge kitchens on December 8 and offering free milk-free and nuts/vege-rich rice porridge to anybody in public regardless whether he/she aspired to gain a perfect memory about the past or obtain an error free vision into the future.

It is this charitable, accommodating and inclusive spirit displayed by Chinese Busshist followers that Chinese people, the descendents of Yellow and Red Emperors (炎黄子孙), really love, thus have turned it into the starting event of the most important annual festival in Chinese calendar.

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