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Traditional chinese holidays and festivals (calendar and customs)


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Chinese people celebrate eight traditional Chinese festivals, which are Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival (Yuan Xiao Jie), QingMing Festival (Tomb-Sweep Day in English), Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Jie), Double Seventh Festival (QiXi Festival), Mid-Autumn Festival (Chinese Moon Cake Festival), Double Ninth Festival (ChongYang Festival), Winter Solstice Festival (DongZhi Festival). These festivals are an important part of Chinese culture and history, both ancient and modern.

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Traditional chinese holidays and festivals (calendar and customs)

  1. 1. Source: Traditional Chinese Holidays and Festivals (Calendar and Customs) Chinese people celebrate eight traditional Chinese festivals, which areChinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, QingMing Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid- Autumn Festival, ChongYang Festival, and Winter Solstice. These festivals are an important part of Chinese culture and history, both ancient and modern. The dates of these celebrations vary from year to year because they are celebrated according to the Chinese lunar calendar. Also, most of the traditional festivals were developed during the Qin Dynasty (220-206 BC) and a lot of poems were written during this time period, and they are still recited regularly today. Eight Major Chinese Traditional Festivals Festival (English) Festival (Chinese) Date (Lunar) Customs Spring Festival Chinese New Year 1st - 15th of the first lunar month Fireworks after midnight, lucky money, pay new year visits, the character Fu Lantern Festival YuanXiaoFestival 15th day of the first lunar month Lantern parade and lion dance, eating TangYuan, last day of Chinese New Year celebration Tomb- Sweeping Festival QingMing Festival April 4th or 5th of the solar calendar Tomb sweeping and cleaning, flying kites, spring outing Dragon Boat Festival DuanWu Festival 5th day of the fifth lunar month Dragon boat race, eat dumplings wrapped in lotus leaves called ZongZi, Double Seven Festival QiXi Festival 7th day of seventh lunar month Pray for skillful hands, eat noodles and JiaoZi, Chinese Valentine’s day Mid-Autumn Festival ZhongQiu Festival 15th day of the eighth lunar month Eat mooncake, family reunion meal, roundest and brightest moon, light lanterns Double Ninth Festival ChongYang Festival 9th day of the ninth lunar month Eat ChongYang Cake, drink chrysanthemum wine, autumn outing and mountain climbing, fly kites Winter Solstice Festival ZongZhi Festival December 21st or 22nd in solar calendar Have TangYuan in the southern areas, dumplings in northern areas, family gatherings
  2. 2. Source: Time Table of Chinese Traditional Festivals (2011-2020) – Gregorian Calendar Festival Year Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Tomb Sweeping Festival Dragon Boat Festival Double Seventh Festival Mid- autumn Festival Double Nineth Festival Winter Solstice Festival 2011 Feb. 3 Feb. 17 Apr. 5 Jun. 6 Aug. 6 Sep. 12 Oct. 5 Dec. 22 2012 Jan. 23 Feb. 6 Apr. 4 Jun. 23 Aug. 23 Sep. 30 Oct. 23 Dec. 21 2013 Feb. 10 Feb. 24 Apr. 4 Jun. 12 Aug. 13 Sep. 19 Oct. 13 Dec. 21 2014 Jan. 31 Feb. 14 Apr. 5 Jun. 2 Aug. 2 Sep. 8 Oct. 2 Dec. 21 2015 Feb. 19 Mar. 5 Apr. 5 Jun. 20 Aug. 20 Sep. 27 Oct. 21 Dec. 22 2016 Feb. 8 Feb. 22 Apr. 4 Jun. 9 Aug. 9 Sep. 15 Oct. 9 Dec. 21 2017 Jan. 28 Feb. 11 Apr. 4 May 30 Aug. 28 Oct. 4 Oct. 28 Dec. 21 2018 Feb. 16 Mar. 2 Apr. 5 Jun. 18 Aug. 17 Sep. 24 Oct. 17 Dec. 21 2019 Feb. 5 Feb. 19 Apr. 5 Jun. 7 Aug. 7 Sep. 13 Oct. 7 Dec. 22 2020 Jan. 25 Feb. 8 Apr. 4 Jun. 25 Aug. 25 Oct. 1 Oct. 25 Dec. 21
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