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Traditional Chinese Festivals

These traditional festivals will really introduce you to life in China. There are annual events like Chinese New Year, the Lantern Festival, the Qingming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival, Double Seven Festival, and the Winter Solstice.

The festivals introduced here have been selected for their traditional Chinese nature. Often the dates will vary from year to year because they are celebrated according to the Chinese calendar. See below for this year’s dates. You may need to inquire for dates in the following year.

Contact us for more about how to see these festivals or you could tailor make a tour to include a festival alongside other Chinese attractions.

Traditional Festivals and Events List

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival, as known as Duanwu Festival (端午节 Duānwǔ Jié), is a traditional and statutory holiday in China. The main The main customs of the celebration include eating rice dumplings zòngz and dragon boat racing. Read more

Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhongqiu Jie)

The 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunisolar calendar is the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival in China, also known as the Moon Festival.....Read more

Hungry Ghost Festival

Aug. 10 

People are worshiping ancestors. Like people all over the world, the Chinese have special customs regarding dead people and their ghosts that are thousands of years old. The popular folk religion... Read more

The Double Ninth Festival

Oct. 21 

Enjoying chrysanthemum is a kind of custom in the Double Ninth Festival. The Double Ninth Festival, also known as Chongyang Festival,  is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. &nbs... Read more

Double Seventh Day — How to Celebrate China's Valentine’s Day

Aug. 20 

A picture about the legend of Niulang and his wife Zhinü. The Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival) is one of Chinese traditional festivals, and also known as a Chinese Valentine's Day. It f... Read more

Qingming Festival

Apr. 4 

Qingming Festival is an important day to show respects to ancestors. Qingming Festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness in English, usually falls on April 4 or 5. Qingming (清明)... Read more

China's Lantern Festival

Mar. 5 

The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, and traditionally ends the Chinese New Year period. In 2015 it falls on March 5. There is no public holida... Read more

Chinese New Year 2016 — Traditions, Activities, Day-By-Day Guide

Feb. 8 to Feb. 22

China New Year Live Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival in China, is China’s most important traditional festival. It is also the most important celebration for families, and a... Read more

Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Dragon boat racing is the most popular activity in the Dragon Boat Festival. Dragon Boat Festival, also known as Duanwu Festival, is a traditional and important celebration in China. Dragon Bo... Read more

Winter Solstice

Dec. 22 

In Winter Solstice, eating dumplings is a kind of custom in the north part of China. In the Gregorian calendar, the Winter Solstice usually falls around December 21, and more often refers in part... Read more

The 24 solar terms

The 24 solar terms, based on the sun's position in the zodiac, were created by farmers in ancient China to guide the agricultural affairs and farming activities. The 24 solar terms reflect the ch... Read more