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Foreign Festivals

Below are listed eight of the most popular foreign festivals that are now celebrated to some extent in China, like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. Find out more about how the world’s festivals are celebrated in China, and what to expect if you visit China at that time of year.

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Foreign Festivals and Events List

Valentine's Day in China

Feb. 14 

It is really difficult to confirm the exact time when Western Valentine’s Day was introduced into China. However, Western Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated in urban areas, where there are a lot o... Read more

Christmas in China

Dec. 1 to Jan. 6

Christmas is not a public holiday in China or Taiwan because the majority of Chinese people are not Christian though it is a public holiday in Macau and Hong Kong. However, along the coast and in th... Read more

April Fool's Day in China

Apr. 1 

愚人节快乐! (Yuren Jie kuaile!) Happy April Fool's! April Fool’s Day (愚人节, Yuren Jie, literally: 'foolish man festival') is a day for fun and jokes that is catching on in China. Pranks include tric... Read more

Easter In China

Apr. 20 

In China, Easter is only a special holiday for the Catholics, Orthodox and most established Christian churches. Millions of Christians celebrate in some fashion. But most people don't observe it or ... Read more

Thanksgiving Day in China

Nov. 27 

感恩节快乐! (Gan'en Jie kuaile!) Happy Thanksgiving! Like many American cultural things, the Thanksgiving holiday that originated in the United States is catching on in China — a little.  ... Read more

Halloween in China

Oct. 31 

Cultures from Europe to China have traditional days of the dead or ghost days that are thousands of years old that were part of the tribal folk religions before the advent of Christianity in Europe ... Read more

Father's Day in China

Jun. 16 

In Mainland China, Father's Day (the third Sunday in June) is almost unknown. It isn't a public holiday, but expats in China might celebrate it. Perhaps some Western fathers might be honored on... Read more

Mother's Day in China

May. 11 

Mother's Day in China falls on the second day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar every year, but it is generally celebrated on the second Sunday in May. It is a holiday that was first celebra... Read more

Women's Day in China

Mar. 8 

Every year, China celebrates International Women's Day on March 8. Slightly different from the day's original focus of celebrating women's economic, political, and social achievements, Wom... Read more