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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.
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.