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Chinese Festivals & Celebrations

In China, 5000 years of history has seen the creation of many festivals. According to their origins, China's festivals mainly fall into three categories, agricultural, religious and social festivals. According to their contents, Chinese festivals can be divided into five kinds, including agricultural, sacrificial, commemorative, recreational and celebratory festivals.

The lifestyles of the Chinese people have changed, but the importance of traditional festivals in their lives has not faded. Along with these major festivals, many other traditional festivals are observed in modern China that demonstrate the important place that tradition and longing for times past occupy in the life of the people. Besides the ethnic, geographic, historic, and linguistic ties that unite them, traditional festivals are one of the strongest bonds reinforcing the cultural identity of the Chinese nation.

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Chinese Public Holidays Calendar

Chinese Public Holidays Calendar

For foreign tourists who plan to visit China, we suggest you to avoid the Chinese public holidays. Because during these days, the domestic tourists also start their China tours, the peak time of tourism may cause most destinations more crowded than the usual days.   There are 7 legal festivals in a year, on which all Chinese people will be on vacation. They are New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day.   ... More

 
Spring Festival

Spring Festival

The time of this festival According to the Chinese Agricultural Calendar, Chinese Spring Festival begins with the New Moon and ends on the Full Moon, which is from the first day to the 15th day of the first month. The last day of the New Year is known as the Lantern Festival. Year Date Holiday Chinese Zodiac ... More

 
The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival

The time of this festival The Lantern Festival is one of the most traditional festivals. Falling on the 15th day of the first Lunar Calendar month, it is a ‘festival within a festival', that considered as the end of Spring Festival. The history of this festival According to the historical records, the festival began to prevail during the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.- 24 A .D.) and flourished during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 A .D.) and Song Dynasty (960 - 1279 A .D.)... More

 
Pure and Bright Festival

Pure and Bright Festival

The time of this festival Qingming in Chinese means the weather pure and bright in spring days. The date usually turns out to be the fourth, fifth, or sixth of April, thus people go out to celebrate the coming of the new season. Visit ancestors' graves It is also a Tomb Sweeping Day for some Chinese people, on which people visit their ancestors' graves, pay respects to the dead and hold memorial ceremonies in honor of their ancestors. This is one of many ways to express the... More

 
Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

The time of this festival The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated at the fifth of the fifth lunar calendar. The origin of this festival In this day, Chinese people will eat Zongzi and hold Dragon Boat race in honor of the great poem Qu Yuan during the Warring States Period (475 B.C.- 221 B.C.).   Qu was upright, loyal and highly respected for his wise counsel for the peace and affluence of Chu State as its minister. However, he was vilified by the evil power in the s... More

 
Chinese Valentine's Day

Chinese Valentine's Day

The time of this festival Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. Looking up at the sky this day, you will find the romance is going on in the dark blue. The origin of this festival According to the celestial phenomena, the ancient Chinese people created this love story, and the record can be dated back about 1500 years ago.   In the east of the Milky Way, there is the Star Vega that is believed the weaving girl. And in the west ... More

 
The Mid-autumn Day

The Mid-autumn Day

The time of this festival The festival is celebrated at the 15th day of the eighth lunar month in China. On this day, the moon is extremely bright and perfectly round. The festival represents the unity and leisure of the people, as well as the harvest of the nature. The legend of this festival There are many legends about this festival. The most popular one among the Chinese people is ‘Hou Yi Shooting the Suns'.   The story goes that during the time of Yao (abou... More

 
The Double Ninth Festival

The Double Ninth Festival

The time of this festival The festival is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. The cultural background It has the history more than 1500 years. According the traditional YIN&YANG Dichotomy, YIN represents the elements of darkness and negative, while YANG brightness and positive. In China, the number ‘9' is regarded as YANG, so the ninth day of the ninth month is the double YANG's day. Custom of this festival In addition, the ninth mon... More

 

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