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Chinese Holidays

Chinese Holidays

Since it’s Christmas season in the U.S., now would also be a fitting time to learn about the major Chinese holidays.

Mid Autumn Festival

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

National Day

Chinese Holidays
  • October 1st
  • Commemorates the founding of the People’s Republic of China
  • Celebrated with fireworks, concerts, and parades

Dragon Boat Festival

Chinese Holidays
  • 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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year
  • 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.

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  • maggiee

    Very cool! You learn something new every day

    January 3, 2020 at 9:58 pm
  • Ayona Roychowdhury

    Thank you for posting about this! It’s important to learn about different cultures.

    January 4, 2020 at 5:22 pm
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