All rivers lead to the sea. All twigs stem form the same root. All Chinese people on the planet honor the same ancestor. No other nation could surpass the Chinese in cohesiveness. And our cohesiveness derives from the Yellow Emperor, his spirits and the culture related to him.
The Yellow Emperor is the leader of allied tribes in remote ages. His given name is Xuanyuan. Revered as the ancestor of the Chinese civilization, he made Youxiong (now Xinzheng, Henan) the capital. Around 5000 years ago, he united the country and developed written language, silk fabric, calendar, boat, vehicle, musical scales and medicine. The Yellow Emperor laid the foundation for the Chinese nation and started the spectacular Chinese civilization. The Chinese honor the Yan Emperor and Yellow Emperor as ancestors, and therefore call themselves as “Descendants of the Yan Emperor and Yellow Emperor”.
As an important cradle of the Chinese nation and Chinese civilization, Henan, of course, is home to surnames. Among the over 10,000 surnames in China, 1,500 have their origins in Henan. Nowadays, 73 out of the 100 most common surnames are from Henan. Chen, Lin, Huang and Zheng, the four largest surnames for overseas Chinese, all originate from Henan.
It is time to honor the Yellow Emperor on the third day of the third lunar month. The ceremony has been successful for several consecutive years since it was upgraded from an ancestor worship event to a “grand ceremony” in 2006. In 2008, confirmed by the State Council, Ancestor Worship Ceremony in Yellow Emperor's Native Place was listed as extended project to the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.
We seek our roots and learn from our predecessors. As the ceremony rises in influence, it involves more Chinese people. Every year, Chinese nationals and overseas Chinese from around the world hold solemn worship events in where they reside. In2018, the Ancestor Worship Ceremony in Yellow Emperor's Native Place has six parallel sessions in Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan, San Francisco (United States), Sydney (Australia) and Vancouver (Canada).
The hometown is very affectionate to her children and always hopes for their return. Chinese people who attach importance to the hometown can't bear to part with it. It is a vivid embodiment of the strong cohesion of Chinese culture to seek the root and worship the ancestors.