Chinese Festivals and Celebrations, Traditional Chinese Festivals
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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

2016 Chinese New Year is arriving on the 8th of February, which is the year of Monkey based on Chinese zodiac. This will be a great chance to experienced the traditional Chinese customs.   Time of Spring Festival According to thetraditional Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, 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 in a new year. The last day (t... More

 
The Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival

Time of Lantern Festival Lantern Festival is one of the most traditional festivals in China celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of the Chinese lunar year. It is a ‘festival within a festival' that is considered as the end of Spring Festival (Chinese New Year). History of Lantern 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... More

 
Tomb-sweeping Day

Tomb-sweeping Day

Tomb-sweeping Day, also known as Qingming Festival or Pure and Bright Festival, is set on the fourth, fifth, or sixth days of April of Gregorian calendar. The date usually turns out to be the fourth, fifth, or sixth of April of Gregorian calendar. Together with Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-autumn Festival, Tomb-sweeping Day is one of most important traditional festival in China. It is the day of worshiping ancestors and sweeping tombs. Qingming in Chinese means the weather i... More

 
Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival (Longzhou Jie in Chinese pinyin), also known as Duanwu Festival, is one of the most important traditional festivals in China. There are many folk activities held during the festival like dragon-boat racing, hanging calamus and artemisia, etc.. Dragon Boat Festival is the top four most well-known tradition festivals of the Chinese nation with Spring Festival, Mid-autumn Festival, Tomb-sweeping Day. It originates in China, however, it’s also celebrated in some neigh... More

 
Chinese Valentine's Day

Chinese Valentine's Day

Time of Chinese Valentine's Day Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. It is also known as Double-Seventh Day or Qixi Festival. Looking up at the sky this day, you will find the romance is going on in the dark blue. Origin of Chinese Valentine's Day The Double-Seventh Day is a day commemorated for weaving girl who is good at doing weaving. It’s a day for female. Zhi’nv is regarded as a WEAVING GODNESS, females in fo... More

 
The Mid-autumn Day

The Mid-autumn Day

Time of Mid-autumn Day 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 Legend of Mid-autumn Day 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 (about 2,000 B.C.)... More

 
The Double Ninth Festival

The Double Ninth Festival

Time of Double Ninth Festival The Double Ninth Festival (Chinese pinyin: Chong Yang Festival) is celebrated on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. Chong Yang Festival and New Year, Qing Ming Festival, Ghost Festival are the four sacrificial festivals in traditional Chinese festivals. Development of Double Ninth Festival It has the history more than 1500 years. According the traditional YIN&YANG Dichotomy, YIN represents the elements of darkness and negative, while YANG br... More

 

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