Five Traditional Chinese Festivals

Posted by Fifi Yang on Dec 23, 2015

Five Traditional Chinese Festivals

Chinese traditional festivals are an important part of China's historical past and present culture, reflecting social practices from all the way from ancient times. Below are five. Each is an opportunity for families to get together to enjoy each other's company or memorialize relatives who have passed on. Today, five traditional Chinese festivals will be introduced to you.

1. Spring festival 春节 chūn jié

The spring festival

Spring Festival is on Jan 1st lunar month. We normally call it "Guò nián," and it is the most ceremonious and lively holiday of the year. No matter where they are or how far people are from their hometown, they will take a train, bus or any way possible to go home for gathering with family on this day. The train station is the most crowded place during Spring Festival!

2. Lantern Festival 元宵节yuán xiāo jié

lantern festival

Lantern festival, also an important traditional holiday, is on Jan 15th lunar month and is the first full moon of the year. We often eat sweet dumplings on this day, so the day is called YuánxiāoJié. In addition, we light beautiful lanterns and play lantern riddle games and other activities.

3. Tomb-Sweeping Day 清明节qīnɡ mínɡ jié

tomb sweeping day

Tomb- Sweeping Day is the most import day for making sacrifices. People bring wine, fruit, some food, and paper "money" to the tomb. There, they burn the symbolic money, cover the grave with fresh soil, place a few green branches on the grave, and kowtow salute for worship.

4. Dragon Boat Festival 端午节 duān wǔ jié

dragon boat festival

Dragon Boat Festival is on May 5th lunar month and is a longtime traditional festival in China. The holiday commemorates the patriotic poet Qu Yuan. We eat rice dumplings called "Zòngzi" and hold dragon-boat racing on this day. It's a very lively holiday!

5. Mid-Autumn festival 中秋节zhōnɡ qiū jié

mid autumn festival

Mid-Autumn Festival is on August 15th lunar month. Every year on this day when the moon is full, family members get together outdoors to enjoy the seasonal moon cakes and other food – all under the full moon.

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