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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 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

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

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

Chinese Spring Festival 2014


Dates: February 19 (Chinese New Year's Eve) to March 5 (Lantern Festival), 2015;  Decoration of Spring Festival Spring Festival, widely known as Chinese New Year in the West, is the most ... Read more

Chinese Lantern Festival

Feb. 14 

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 

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 

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 

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. 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