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Chinese Festivals

China has festivals during a year. Needless to say that all Chinese people will be on the holidays during any of the festivals. Visiting any country during its traditional festivities is a great way to learn more about its culture and traditions; it’s also a great fun too! But think carefully before coming during a festival to China. As all Chinese are on holidays, all tourist places are crowed and all tourist services price is at its premium.

The Traditional Chinese holidays have been part of Chinese tradition for thousands of years; they are an essential part of Chinese culture. The most important Chinese holiday is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), which is also celebrated in other Asian countries. 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).

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The origin of Chinese New Year is itself centuries old and gains significance because of several myths and traditions. The Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by visits to relatives and friends. The whole period around Chinese New Year is incredibly busy - the largest human migration, when migrant workers in China, as well as overseas Chinese around the world travel home to have reunion dinners with their families on Chinese New Year's Eve.

Spring festival is regarded by the Chinese people as the grandest and most important annual festival, similar in many ways to Christmas. It is an event for the Chinese people to celebrate family reunion and is full of rich and colourful activities.

Woman’s day – a traditional celebration in communist countries, 8th March.

Qingming Festival is translated as “Pure Brightness” or “Tomb-Sweeping Day”. It was the custom in ancient China for people to go out on this day and sweep the tombs clean of debris in memory of the departed.

May Day - day for the working people worldwide.

Dragon Boat Festival is very important in Chinese culture and traditions.. It has been held annually for more than 2,000 years and commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan (340-278 BC). Many traditional customs and activities are being held on this day throughout the China - such as dragon boat racing, eating zongzi, wearing a perfume pouch, tying five-colour silk thread and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus.

Mid-Autumn Festival means family reunion to Chinese people. Admiring the full moon and eating moon cakes are the traditional activities held on this day.

National Day of the People's Republic of China is celebrated every year on October 1. The Central People's Government passed the Resolution on the National Day of the People's Republic of China on December 2, 1949 and declared that October 1 is the National Day.