Dough figurines as Spring Festival custom

The Spring Festival is drawing near again! With the celebration of the Chinese New Year comes a host of different customs and habits, like eating dumplings and hanging Spring Festival couplets. Another one is a traditional sculpture art known as dough figurines.

Made from edible wheat flour and glutinous rice flour, dough figurines are a beloved Spring Festival custom. Especially in Shanghai it is a profound part of the traditional Chinese New Year culture. Over the generations, skills have been further refined, resulting in pretty and delicate little sculptures. See for yourself below!