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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.