Chinese Festival

List of Chinese Festivals: 7 Most Important Chinese Festivals

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival. It is the most important festival to Chinese people. It is the first day of a new year, of course mainly referring to the lunar calendar. The night before the New Year is called Chinese New Year’s Eve, similar to Christmas Eve. Family usually gather together to have a grand dinner. In the first day of the new year, the older will usually give red packets to children as a blessing. Besides, many activities are held to celebrate the festival, such as dragon dances, setting off firecrackers, making dumplings, etc.

China’s Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is traditionally the last day of the Chinese New Year period. It falls on the fifteenth day of the first month in Chinese lunar calendar. About 2,000 years ago, it was fixed as a festival. During the Lantern Festival, people in China will eat rice dumplings, guess lantern riddles, set off firecrackers to celebrate it.

Dragon Boat Festival 

Dragon Boat Festival is another popular festival in China. It falls on the fifth day of the fifth months in Chinese lunar calendar. Its most representative activity is dragon boat racing. During this traditional festival in China, people customarily eat rice dumplings.

Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival is Chinese people’s day for visiting graves and burial grounds to pray their respects to their ancestors. Its more well-known name is Tomb Sweeping Day. Different bfrom other festivals, its date is not fixed so strictly. It may falls on April 4th, 5th or 6th. To confirm its specific date in each year, you can check Chinese calendar. Many Chinese will go for a picnic during Qingming Festival to enjoy the delightful scenery of spring.

Double Seventh Day

Double Seventh Day falls on the 7th day of the 7th month of China’s lunar calendar (around mid-August). That’s why it is called Double Seventh Day. Known as China’s Valentine’s Day, it is a festival that has legendary links with romance and love in China.

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. It is the second grandest festival in China after the Chinese New Year. As the moon is at its roundest and brightest on the 15th day of the 8th month, this festival is also named the Mooncake Festival. 2017 Mid-Autumn Festival is on October 4th. It Falls within the National Day holiday (Oct. 1 – 7), which hence will prolong this holiday to Oct. 8.

The Double Ninth Festival

The Double Ninth Festival is also named Chongyang Festival. It is held on the 9th day of the 9th month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This festival set for the older, hence on this day we need to respect and show our love to the older in the family. During the festival, enjoying chrysanthemums and climbing mountains are both popular activities in China.


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