Important Festivals in China

There are many festivals celebrated in China, some of the most well-known include:

Chinese New Year

Residents of Mianyang, China, dress up for dragon dances to welcome the Year of the Dog on Feb. 16.

Chinese New Year: also known as Spring Festival, it is the most important traditional festival in China and is celebrated at the turn of the lunar calendar.

Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival: it is celebrated on the 15th day of the Chinese New Year, people light and release lanterns into the sky.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival: it is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, people eat mooncakes and admire the full moon.

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival: it is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, people race dragon boats and eat rice dumplings.

Qingming Festival

Qingming Festival: also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, it is celebrated on the 104th solar term, people visit and clean the graves of their ancestors.

Double Seventh Festival

Double Seventh Festival: also known as Qixi Festival, it is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, it is China’s Valentine’s Day.

Winter Solstice Festival

Winter Solstice Festival: it is celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd solar term, it is the longest night of the year.

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