Chinese Traditional Festivals

Compiled by Lisa Zhao, revised

Chinese Traditional Festivals are dated on the Chinese Lunar calendar. The dates of each festival in each year are varied. Elements common to all Chinese festivals are expression of a desire for happiness and wellbeing, the warding off misfortune, experiencing a oneness between man and heaven, and family reunion.

The rhythm of China's traditional festivals was set by the sowing and reaping of crops. Chinese New Year, for example, comes in winter, when farmers are unable to work in the field; the Lantern Festival marks the conclusion of the Chinese New Year season; Tomb Weeping Day comes between spring plowing and summer weeding; the Dragon Boat Festival occurs after one of the harvests of the year is completed; the Mid-Autumn Festival comes around the final harvest of the year.

The major Chinese traditional festivals are:

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