Christmas season in North China’s Catholic villageBy Zhang Yiqian — Source: Global Times Published: 2015-12-22
When one enters Liuhe village in Taiyuan, North China's Shanxi Province at this time of year, one can immediately hear the sound of Christmas carols echoing through the streets.
Zhang Jin's shop is located at the entrance of the village. The 28-year-old and his wife were both raised as Catholics.
Normally, they spend their days farming or attending to the shop. But a few times every week, they get up early not to go into the fields, but to go to church.
They are two out of about 7,000 locals that are devoted Catholics. The religion spread here in the late 18th century and has been passed down in their families for generations. The ancestors of these people were merchants who went to Beijing for business and gradually converted to Catholicism. When they came back to their hometowns they naturally formed Catholic communities.
Liuhe, Shanxi Province, is a village of about 7,000 people, and over 90 percent of the population is Catholic and has been for generations. As Christmas approaches, the villagers prepare for decorations and parades [Global Times]. Photos: Li Hao/GT
|Vesting for Mass | Li Hao/GT|
|Holy Communion (on the tongue!) | Li Hao/GT|
|Procession | Li Hao/GT|
|Placing statue of infant Jesus in creche | Li Hao/GT|