traditional Chinese holidays are an essential part of harvests or prayer offerings. The most important Chinese holiday is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), which is also celebrated in Korea, Vietnam, and other East Asian countries in the East Asian cultural sphere. All traditional holidays are scheduled according to the Chinese calendar (except the Qing Ming and Winter Solstice days, falling on the respective Jie qi in the Agricultural calendar).
Date (Chinese Lunar Calendar)
Last day of lunar year
Chinese New Year Eve
1st day of 1st Month
Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) • 農曆新年 / 农历新年
• 春節 / 春节
• 大年初一 fireworks after midnight, visit family members.
15th day of 1st Month
Lantern Festival • 元宵節 / 元宵节
Lantern parade and lion dance celebrating the first full moon. Eating
tangyuan. This day is also the last day of new year celebration.
2nd day of 2nd Month
Zhonghe Festival (Blue Dragon Festival) • 中和節 / 中和节
• 青龍節 / 青龙节 Eat Chinese pancakes (Chun bing, 春餅) and noodles, clean the house. Also known as
Dragon Raising its Head
3rd day of 3rd Month
Shangsi Festival 上巳節 / 上巳节
Traditional Chinese Women's Day, also known as 婦女節(fùnǚjié)
Qingming solar term, solar longitude of 15°, 104 days after winter solstice (around 5 April)
Qingming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Clear and Bright Festival) 清明節 / 清明节
Visit, clean, and make offerings at ancestral gravesites, spring outing
5th day of 5th Month
Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) 端午節 / 端午节
Dragon boat race, eat dumplings wrapped in lotus leaves
Zongzi. This festival commemorates the ancient poet Qu Yuan; drink yellow rice wine, related to the White Snake Lady legend
7th day of 7th Month
Qixi Festival (The Night of Sevens, Magpie Festival) 七夕
According to legend, the goddess "Zhi Nü" (the star
Vega) fell in love with the farmer boy "Niu Lang" (the star Altair), but was disapproved by her mother goddess. As punishment, they were separated by the Milky Way and could only meet once a year on this night.
15th day of 7th Month
Ghost Festival 中元節 / 中元节
Burn fake paper money and make offerings to ancestors and the dead to comfort them in the afterlife and keep them from troubling the living.
15th day of 8th month
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) 中秋節 / 中秋节
mooncake, family union meal, related to the legend of Chang E and The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd
9th day of 9th Month
Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang Festival) 重陽節 / 重阳节
Autumn outing and mountain climbing, some Chinese also visit the graves of their ancestors to pay their respects.
15th of 10th Month
Spirit Festival / Water Lantern Festival
下元節 / 下元节
Set flower shaped lanterns adrift in a stream or river at sundown, give offerings to deceased whose wandering spirits/ghosts may return at night to visit.
December 21 or 22nd
Dongzhi Festival (Winter Solstice Festival) 冬至
Tangyuan and Jiuniang and perform ancestor worship, Feast day, family gatherings, also named "Chinese Thanksgiving"
8th Day of 12 Month
Laba Festival 臘八節 / 腊八节
This is the day the Buddha attained enlightenment. People usually eat Laba congee, which is made of mixed grains and fruits.
Dates for Chinese Traditional Festivals (2008-2015) [ edit ]
Spring (New Year)
Double Seventh Ghost
2008 Feb 7
Apr 4 Jun 9
2009 Jan 26
Apr 4 May 28
2010 Feb 14
Apr 5 Jun 16
2011 Feb 3
Apr 5 Jun 6
2012 Jan 23
Apr 4 Jun 23
2013 Feb 10
Apr 4 Jun 12
2014 Jan 31
Apr 5 Jun 2
2015 Feb 19
Apr 5 Jun 20
* denotes the following
Gregorian civil year [1 ]
Public holidays [ edit ]
Traditional holidays are generally celebrated in Chinese speaking regions. For the most part however, only
Chinese New Year, Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival are statutory public holidays. This is the case in both mainland China and Taiwan whilst Hong Kong and Macau also observe Buddha's Birthday and Chung Yeung Festival. In Singapore, Chinese New Year is the only traditional Chinese public holiday likewise with Malaysia
Each region has its own holidays on top of this condensed traditional Chinese set. Mainland China and Taiwan observe patriotic holidays, Hong Kong and Macau observe Christian holidays, and Malaysia and Singapore celebrate Malay and Indian festivals.
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