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 Spring Festival


Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most important traditional festival in China and a public holiday....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

The 24 solar terms


The 24 solar terms based on the sun’s position in the zodiac, created by ancient farmers on the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, reflect the changes in climate, natural phenomena, agric... Read more

Grain Full (xiǎo mǎn小满)

May. 21, 2014 to 

In the Gregorian calendar, the Grain Full usually falls around May 21, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 60°. Literally, this day r... Read more

Rain Water (yǔ shuǐ雨水)

Feb. 19, 2015 to 

The Gregorian calendar, the Rain Water usually falls around February 18, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 330°. The day embodies t... Read more

Winter Solstice

Dec. 22, 2014 to 

In the Gregorian calendar, the Winter Solstice usually falls around December 21, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 270°. It marks t... Read more

Vernal Equinox (chūn fēn春分)

Mar. 21, 2015 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Vernal Equinox usually falls around March 20, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 0°. On ... Read more

Frost Descent (shuāng jiàng霜降)

Oct. 23, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar,the Frost Descent usually falls around October 23, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 210... Read more

Minor Cold

Jan. 6, 2015 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Minor Cold usually falls around January 5, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 285°. ... Read more

Major Cold

Jan. 20, 2015 to 

Introduction  In the Gregorian calendar, the Major Cold usually falls around January 20, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of ... Read more

Cold Dew (hán lù寒露)

Oct. 8, 2014 to 

In the Gregorian calendar, the Cold Dew usually falls around October 8, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 195°. In ancient times, d... Read more

Summer Solstice (xià zhì夏至)

Jun. 21, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Summer Solstice usually falls around June 21, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of... Read more

Minor Snow

Nov. 22, 2014 to 

In the Gregorian calendar, the Minor Snow usually falls around November 22, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 240°. As its name sug... Read more

White Dew (bái lù白露)

Sep. 8, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar,the White Dew usually falls around September 7, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 16... Read more

Major Heat (dà shǔ大暑)

Jul. 23, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Major Heat usually falls around July 22, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 120°. Genera... Read more

Start of Spring

Feb. 4, 2015 to 

Introduction As the first solar term,the Start of Spring was celebrated as an important festival in ancient China, and it has been regarded as the mark of the beginning of spring since the Qin D... Read more

Awakening of Insects (jīng zhé惊蛰)

Mar. 6, 2015 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Awakening of Insects usually falls around March 5, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 34... Read more

Limit of Heat (chù shǔ处暑)

Aug. 23, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Limit of Heat usually falls around August 23, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of... Read more

Start of Autumn (lì qiū立秋)

Aug. 7, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Start of Autumn usually falls around August 7, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude o... Read more

Start of Winter (lì dōng立冬)

Nov. 7, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Start of Winter usually falls around November 7, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 225°... Read more

Start of Summer (lì xià立夏)

May. 5, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Start of Summer usually falls around May 5, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 4... Read more

Grain in Ear (máng zhǒng芒种)

Jun. 6, 2014 to 

Introduction In the Gregorian calendar, the Grain in Ear usually falls around June 5, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 75°... Read more

Chinese Lantern Festival

Feb. 14, 2014 to 

Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the first month of traditional Chinese calendar. As the first important festival after the traditional Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), i... Read more

Qingming Festival

Apr. 5, 2015 to 

Qingming Festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness in English, usually falls around April 4 or 5 in traditional Chinese calendar. In the beginning, this festival served as one ... Read more

Double Seventh Festival

Aug. 2, 2014 to 

The Qixi Festival, also known as the Double Seventh Day or Chinese Valentine's Day. It falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. It is also named the Qiqiao Festival, Young Women’s Day, o... Read more

The Double Ninth Festival

Oct. 2, 2014 to 

The Double Ninth Festival, also known as Chongyang Festival,  is held on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month.  It is also known as the Senior Citizens’ Festival. According to records fr... Read more

Hungry Ghost Festival

Aug. 10, 2014 to 

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 called Daoism includes days for dea... Read more

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