The cheongsam, a famous traditional garment for Chinese women, is worn by men such as fathers, brothers and even teachers in the past few days to cheer up spirits and wish them good luck. Millions of students took part in the “gaokao” university entrance exam this year.
For a long time, in China, gaokao is known as the most difficult exam and determines the future of life. Therefore, usually, Chinese women will wear cheongsam in the hope of bringing good luck for their children to take the university entrance exam. But this year, the movement wearing cheongsam also has the enthusiastic participation of men.
A Chinese man wears a red cheongsam to cheer on the university’s corpse. (Photo: Douyin)
A series of videos of fathers, male teachers and even brothers wearing tight cheongsams are receiving the attention of the Chinese media and social networking sites in recent days.
According to a Chinese idiom, cheongsam means “success on the first try”. Therefore, cheongsam is often worn in important ceremonies or events in the hope of bringing good luck.
“We hope our children fulfill their final dreams of passing through the gaokao exam. We hope you ‘win on the first try’a father from Dazhou city of Sichuan province wearing a silk cheongsam with embroidered flowers shared in the video on Dazhou Television.
Or in the city of Xi’an in Shaanxi province, a boy wore a red cheongsam to encourage his sister to take the university entrance exam, according to Changsha Television.
“The outfit is for the boy’s father, but he’s a little shy”said Mrs. Yang, the boy’s mother.
As a result, the father paid his son 10 yuan ($1.50) to wear the cheongsam instead, hoping to bring his daughter luck in the university entrance exam.
The principal wears cheongsam in the hope of bringing luck to the students. (Photo: Douyin)
In Anshan city of Liaoning province, the principal of a high school wore a cheongsam on June 5 and gave a speech wishing students luck in the important exam of life.
“I have never worn women’s clothing, but today I wear this because of you! I wish you luck in your upcoming exams.”said the principal.
This year’s university exam in China recorded a record number of contestants with 11.93 million. The exam time is from 7 to 8 June but with the exception of Shanghai, where the exam will take place more than 1 month later because most of the city’s residents have to be isolated at home during the prolonged blockade. April and May to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic.
According to The Paper, the Covid-19 epidemic makes this year’s university entrance exam face many challenges. China’s Ministry of Education said that 120 students took part in gaokao in isolation centers, 700 students took exams in places under lockdown.
In addition, 20 candidates who tested positive for Covid-19 in Beijing, Liaoning and Sichuan took the test at makeshift hospitals.
Many students taking the university entrance exam this year have spent 3 years of high school being interrupted continuously by the blockade order to prevent the Covid-19 epidemic and studying online.
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