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
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
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
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
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
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
Qingming Festival, also called Tomb Sweeping Day or Pure Brightness in English, usually falls around April 4 or 5, the beginning of one of the 24 solar terms on the traditional Chinese cal... Read more
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
Feb. 19 to Mar. 5
Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most important traditional festival, and most important celebration for families in China. It is an official public holiday, ... Read more
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, 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