||Chinese Culture & Traditions
China has a long history and rich cultural traditions. Browse through
the history of Chinese Festivals and Holidays here to gain more knowledge of Chinese
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year)
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year) is on the first
day of the first lunar month. It is the most important
traditional Chinese holiday. The celebration normally starts on
the Chinese New Year's eve and ends on the 15th of the first lunar
month (the Lantern Festival). 2009 is the Year of the Ox, it is on January 26, 2009.
You can find more about how Chinese people celerate Chinese New Year.
Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival)
Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) is on the fifth day of the fifth lunar
month. It is one of the largest traditional festivals in China. The exact
origins of Duanwu are unclear. The best known story centers on a patriotic
court official named Qu Yuan, of the State of Chu during the Warring States
Period more than 2,000 years ago. Qu tried to warn the emperor of an
increasingly corrupted government, but failed. On the fifth day of the fifth
lunar month, he drowned himself in the Milo River, because he was hopeless
about his country's future.
Each year, during the Duanwu Festival, the day of Qu Yuan's death, people race
dragon boats to commemorate him. This is believed to be a representation of how
the people of Chu tried, at the time, to recover Qu Yuan's body from the Milo
River. Pyramid-shaped rice dumplings by the name of Zongzi were thrown in the
river to feed the fish, so they would stay away from Qu Yuan's body.
This year's Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival) falls on May 28, 2009.
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) is on the 15th day of eighth lunar month.
At this time, the moon is at its fullest and brightest, marking an ideal time
to celebrate the abundance of the summer's harvest. The traditional food of
this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.
The Moon Festival is one of the most important traditional events for the
The Moon Festival is full of legendary stories. Legend says that the Lady Chang Er
flew to the moon (around 2170 B.C.), where she has lived ever since. You might see
her dancing on the moon during the Moon Festival. The Moon Festival is also an
occasion for family reunions. When the full moon rises, families get together to
admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, eat moon cakes, and sing moon poems.
This year's Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) falls on October 3, 2009.