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  • I'm very inspired by the story of using butterflies as a symbol to remember innocent children who died during the Holocaust.

    One famous Chinese legend also used butterflies as a symbol.

    It's a tragic love story called The Butterfly Lovers. The young lovers were Liang Shanbo (梁山伯, man) and Zhu Yingtai (祝英台, woman). Their names are normally shortened for Liang Zhu (梁祝).

    Their tragic love is almost like that of Romeo and Juliet.

    The basic story line is: Zhu pretended to be a boy and became Liang’s classmate; Liang didn’t know Zhu was a girl. They spent 3 years together as boys. Zhu was engaged to a rich man by her father later. Liang was too late. He died of a broken heart.

    On her wedding procession, Zhu paid her final tributes to Liang. The grave suddenly opened up, and she threw herself into the grave to join Liang.

    The spirits of Liang and Zhu turned into a pair of beautiful butterflies. They flew away and were never separate again.

    BBC retold this magnificent story in many languages. Watch the animation of The Butterfly Lovers here. It's worth your 5 minutes.

    You'll also be captivated by the music of The Butterfly Lovers. The music tells the convoluted story of the young couple. It's joyous and sweet; it's tragic and sad. This violin concerto is my favourite.

    Image credit: Original from Shanghai Film Studio, of Central Film Bureau, China. Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, 1954 film
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