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Chinese Festivals and Holidays

Festival is defined as a special occasion for celebration, especially one that commemorates significant events by feasting, ceremonies or other observances. With a long history and glorious culture, China has a great many festivals celebrated throughout the year. While the most important and grandest are the Chinese traditional festivals, characterized with diverse styles and unique customs.

The traditional festivals of China have a close link with astronomy, meteorology and Jieqi, or 24 solar terms as most of them took shape in the agricultural society of ancient China. Thus, underlying the festivals are old rite, such as offering sacrifices to Gods and ancestors, and people’s longing for harvest, family reunion, happiness and so on. Over thousands of years historical and cultural accumulation, Chinese traditional festivals has become an integral component of Chinese culture, embodying the concentrated reflection of the nations’ morality, customs and cultural inclination.

Chinese traditional festivals are integral components of Chinese culture
Chinese traditional festivals are integral components of Chinese culture.
Most popular Chinese traditional festivals

The well-known Chinese traditional festival is the Spring Festival. It is a time for family reunion. Various activities and customs are practiced by Chinese people to their delight for the New Year’s coming. If your travelling time coincides with the celebration, you will be immersing in its joyous ambience highlighted by the ubiquitous Chinese Red. Other festivals celebrate seasons and honor deceased ancestors, such as the Winter Solstice and Qingming Festival. We list the most important Chinese traditional festivals below.

Customs of most popular Chinese traditional festivals

Chinese Minority Festivals - Water-Splashing DayChina is a huge multinational country. Except Han nationality which constitutes over 90% of the population, there are 55 minority nationalities distributed in various areas of China. Due to geographical, historical and cultural differences, these minority nationalities have formed their own culture, tradition and custom.

Festival, as the concentrated embodiment of the origin, history, tradition and custom of the nationality, is particular valuable for us understanding the nationality. Among the overwhelming numbers of festivals held by Chinese minority nationalities, the following are some major and influential ones.

Chinese public holidays

Chinese enjoy 7 legal holidays in a year, including New Year's Day, Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day and National Day. Usually, Chinese public holidays are China’s travel peak. Here we provide a detailed list of Chinese public holidays to help you better schedule your travelling date. (Of course, if you want to experience the festive atmosphere, we recommend you to plan your tour on Chinese traditional festivals, especially the Spring Festival.)

Chinese public holidays
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