By: PROUD TO BE CHINOY
Because China is a communist state, there
is no official religion and more than half of
the population claims no religious affiliation
or identifies as atheist. About a quarter of
the people practice Taoism and
Confucianism and other traditional religions.
There are also small numbers of
Buddhists, Muslims and Christians. Although
numerous Protestant and Catholic ministries
have been active in the country since the
early 19th century, they have made little
progress in converting Chinese to these
There are seven main dialects of Chinese —
Mandarin, Cantonese, Hakka, Wu, Min, Xiang
and Gan. Pŭtōnghuà, the type of Mandarin
based on the speech in the capital Beijing, is
the official national language of mainland
China. Many Chinese are also fluent in
English. The written language is symbol-
Like other aspects of Chinese life, cuisine is
heavily influenced by geography and ethnic
diversity. Among the main styles of Chinese
cooking are Cantonese, which features stir-
fried dishes, and Sezchuan, which relies
heavily on use of peanuts, sesame paste and
ginger and is known for its spiciness.
The Chinese word for rice is fan, which also
means meal, and it is a staple of their diet, as
are bean sprouts, cabbage and scallions.
Because they do not consume a lot of meat —
occasionally pork or chicken — tofu is a main
source of protein for the Chinese.
Tea is the beverage of choice.
The largest festival — also called the Spring
Festival — marks the beginning of the lunar
new year. It falls between mid-January and
mid-February and is a time to honor
ancestors. During the 15-day
celebration, children receive money in red
envelopes for good luck and people
thoroughly clean their homes to signify a
fresh beginning. The holiday is marked
fireworks and parades with dancers dressed
The Filipino Religion
Before the introduction of Christianity, the Filipinos were
mostly pagans. They worshipped spirits which they
believed dwell in objects like trees, mountains ,and
rivers,. They worshipped nature, the sun the moon, and
the stars. They also believed in a supreme God or deity.
Because of their belief in a deity and in animate or living
things their religion was called animo-delsm.
It was not long after the Spain colonized the Philippines
that the Filipinos become Christians. Today, majority of
the Filipinos are Catholics. But a group of Filipino
Catholics headed by Mr. Gregorio Aglipay founded the
Philippines Independent church. This splinter, nationalistic
group does not recognize the Pope as the head of the
Catholic church. But their beliefs and doctrines are the
same as of the catholic. This group are called Aglipayan
after their founder.
Courting and Wedding
In some rural areas, the practice involves a
night serenade called Harana where the boy
serenades the girl he is courting with love
songs. The young man also serves the girls
family by performing daily chores such as
chopping wood, mending the fence, etc. These
actions were originated in the past when boys
were too shy to court the girls directly and
parents arranged the marriage of their
children. Engagement and marriage are two
events where the provinces in the Philippines
differ in their rituals and practices. A bride is
not supposed to try her wedding gown before
the wedding as this could bring bad luck.
Another trait that has lingered on is respect to
elders.Ar an early age,Filipinos are tauught to
respect their elders and obey their will. It is
common practice,especially in the province,to
kiss the hand or forehead of ones
grandparents or older relatives,as a sign of
greeting and respect.Elders are key in the
family,and their advice usually
followed.Children are taught to
attach"po" or"Opo"to whatever they say
especially when speaking with older people.
The Bayanihan Spirit
Bayanihan or the spirit of helping one another
is said to have been inherited by the Filipinos
from their Malay forefathers. In the rural
areas, bayanihan is reflected in many ways.
During the planting and harvest seasons, all
members of the family and neighbours help
out without expecting payment in return.
Helping one another is also carried out in such
activities as when having a party where
neighbours, friends and relatives help in
cleaning and decorating the house, cooking,
setting the table and entertaining the guests.
Similarities Of Chinese and Filipinos
Chinese and Filipinos have great respect to elderlies.
If Filipinos attach po and opo in their responds or
sentences so as Chinese. For example you want to
say hello to a person that is older than you. You
should not say nĭ hăo instead you should say nín
Chinese and Filipinos both celebrate festivals and
other celebrations. People make rituals and other
Filipinos are fond of eating rice so as Chinese.
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