World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is a worldwide holiday dedicated to Chinese health practices. Today Tai Chi and Qigong are gaining in popularity. They are aimed not at defeating the opponent, but to develop mental toughness and health. Many even consider them to be alternative medicine practices. The holiday is celebrated on the last Saturday in April every year.
The history of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day began in 1999, when the first meeting in the United States was held dedicated to these practices. Every year since then, lovers of these practices gather around the world to share experiences and hold group classes.
Tai Chi, also known as Taijiquan, is considered by many researchers to be a type of Wushu. At the same time, it does not aim to teach techniques that will help to effectively and quickly put your opponent on his or her back. In essence, it is breathing exercises, combined with a set of additional exercises aimed at developing the flexibility of the body and the ability to control it.
Qigong is essentially similar to Tai-Chi. However, it is not classified as a martial art at all. It is a health-improving Asian practice that also focuses on breathing techniques and a general set of gymnastic exercises.
- Chinese health practices were known as early as about the 3rd century B.C. They were passed down orally through the generations.
- The likely creators of wellness practices are the wandering Taoists.
- In addition to the practices described above, yoga and meditations aimed at opening the chakras are also very popular.
How to celebrate
Study more about Tai-Chi and Qigong today. Try them for at least a month to test their effectiveness.
Tell about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if they used Chinese health practices. Was there a beneficial effect?
When is World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebrated in 2023?
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is observed on the last Saturday in April.