Since it’s Christmas season in the U.S., now would also be a fitting time to learn about the major Chinese holidays.
- Also commonly known as the Moon Festival or Mooncake Festival
- A Harvest Festival, usually in August, similar to Korea’s Chuseok
- Traditionally celebrated with the hanging of lanterns and eating of mooncakes
- October 1st
- Commemorates the founding of the People’s Republic of China
- Celebrated with fireworks, concerts, and parades
- Occurs near the summer solstice
- Commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese poet and scholar, Qu Yuan, who lived during the Warring States Period
- Tradition of making and eating zongzi
- Boat-racing competitions
- The most widely-known and celebrated Chinese Holiday
- Traditional dishes include dumplings and spring rolls
- Celebrated with dragon dances and parades
- Occurs sometime in February
Side note: other than National Day, the specific dates of Chinese holidays are not the same every year since it operates on the Lunar Calendar, which will annually change.