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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.

Traditional Festivals and Events List

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

Feb. 8 to Feb. 22

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 week of official public hol... Read more

Dragon Boat Festival 2017/2018

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

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 2016 it falls on February 22. There is no public ho... Read more

Qingming Festival

Apr. 3 to Apr. 5

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

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

Aug. 9 

A picture of the Double Seventh legend The Double Seventh Festival (Qixi Festival) is one of Chinese traditional festivals, and also known as a Chinese Valentine's Day. It's based on a r... 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

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 Double Ninth Festival

Oct. 9 

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

Hungry Ghost Festival

Aug. 17 

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