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Chinese calligraphy works have served as a classroom decoration door idea for thousands of years. People use the art works to decorate rooms. There usually are some Chinese calligraphy works hang on the wall to decorate the homes.

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A large part of historical Chinese art works was successfully preserved as the tombstones. Famous calligraphy works are Zhang Qian Bei, Cao Quan Bei, Yan Qin Li Bei and so on.

The wedding decorations also include some calligraphy phrases such as "Get old together with white hair", "get along for a hundred years", "happy and harmony". Those works should be on the top of windows or doors of the new couple's home.

On the wedding day, there should be some Chinese calligraphy characters such as "double happiness", "good fortune", "celebration". These calligraphy works should be on red paper since red means good fortune or luck.

If there are no Chinese calligraphy, there will be no decoration in China.

Chinese calligraphy art works are also widely used to tombstones. In ancient China, tombstones are used to record the life of the owner. To have people after thousands of years to see the life of the owner, Chinese calligraphy works were carved into the stones.

A calligraphy work of "happy birthday" is likely to decorate a birthday party. If it's a birthday party for an old person, their usually some calligraphy about "longevity" will show up.

In Jin dynasty, carved tombstones was forbidden. So there are less Chinese calligraphy works in that period left although Jin dynasty is one of the glorious period in Chinese calligraphy.

Most Chinese houses have a courtyard. There are a big door at the gate. On the top of the door, there should be some Chinese calligraphy works. Even poor people in China will have Chinese calligraphy works there. If the Chinese characters there were some print, the owner of the house will be regarded as an idiot.

For the relatives, the most closed relatives should have the symbol of celebration on both sides of the doors of the gate in their homes.


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