Top 8 Traditional Chinese Festival

Traditional festivals of China are colorful and rich in content. This is an important part of Chinese culture. The forming process of the traditional festivals is an evaluation process of a nation and a growing process of traditional cultures. The festivals list below is all developed from ancient times. From these festivals, the lifestyles of ancient Chinese can be seen clearly. The forming and evaluation process of the traditional festival is very slow, and they go into people’s life slowly as well. Festivals are products of human society. The old festivals in China can be dated back to very long ago.

Solar terms provided premise conditions for the festivals. Most traditional festivals had appeared before Qin Dynasty, but they evaluated slowly in later times. The earliest festival related to primitive worshipping. Tales added romances to the festivals. Religion influenced festivals greatly. Famous people went to festivals as well. These factors made Chinese traditional festivals seem more attractive.

Chinese New Year Dragon Dance
Chinese New Year Dragon Dance

1. Spring Festival - Chinese New Year

Spring Festival also called Chinese New Year is the most important festival in China. It takes place in late January or early February. There are many colorful celebrations for this festival such as dragon dance, lion dance, temple fair, etc.

2. Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival is the second important traditional festival celebrated all over China. It takes place in late September or early October. The festival means family reunion and harmony. The most important practice for the festival is eating mooncakes.

Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival

Read more on how the Mid-autumn Festival is celebrated in China.

3. Dragon Boat Festival

The main celebrations for the Dragon Boat Festival are eating Zongzi-Chinese food made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings, and Dragon boat racing.  The festival is associated with the sad story of the famous ancient poet who drowned himself.

Dragon Boat Racing during Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Racing during Dragon Boat Festival

4. Qingming Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day

Qingming Festival falls on 4th or 5th, Apri. It is also one of the 24 Chinese Solar Terms.  It is a day for people to go out for tomb sweeping and spring outings.

Read more on Why Chinese people celebrate Qingming Festival.

Sweeping tombs on the Qingming Festival
Sweeping tombs on the Qingming Festivaltest

5. Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival marks the end of the Chinese New Year Festival celebrations. It often falls in February. The main activities for the festival are lighting colorful lanterns and eating Tangyuan (Sweet Rice balls with black sesame filling).

6. Chongyang Festival

Chongyang Festival takes place on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month. It is mainly regarded Senior Citizens’ Festival. Celebrations for the festival including climbing hills and appreciating chrysanthemum blooms.

Chongyang Festival
Climbing hills during the Chongyang Festival

7. Qixi Festival

The Qixi Festival is celebrated on every 7th day of the 7th month according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The festival is known as Chinese Valentine's Day. 

8. Chinese Winter Solstice Festival

 The Winter Solstice falls on December 21 or December 22. It is the day when the daytime is the shortest and nighttime is the longest. The festival marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year celebrations. The Chinese people celebrate this festival by eating Chinese dumplings.

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