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Chinese Festivals Calendar

Chinese Festivals 2018

24 January
Laba Festival
Also know as the Congee Festival. The day Buddha attained enlightenment. People eat Laba congee, which is a porridge that contains different types of rice, beans, seeds, dried nuts, sugar and other preserved fruits.

16 February
Chinese New Year
Also known as the Spring Festival. This is an important Chinese festival which is a 15 days celebrations in total. 2018 is Year of the Dog

2 March
Lantern Festival
The Lantern Festival or the Spring Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day – marking the final day of the traditional Chinese New Year celebrations.

8 March
Women’s Day
Every year China celebrates International Women’s Day on March 8. The original focus was to commemorate the struggle for women’s rights and celebrate the political, social, economic and cultural achievements of women throughout history. However, now it has become simply an occasion for men to express their affection for women in the style of Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day. (info from a reliable source)

18 March
The Blue Dragon Festival
Also known as the Zhonghe Festival is closely tied to China’s ancient agrarian culture , welcoming the earliest signs of spring. Farmers celebrate the Blue Dragon Festival to ensure favourable rainfall and plowing conditions for a strong harvest season.

5 April
Ching Ming Festival
Ching Ming is often referred to as Tomb Sweeping Day. The primary role of the Ching Ming Festival is to pay respect to ancestors.

18 June
Dragon Boat Festival
The festival commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan, who was a loyal minister of the King of Chu in the third century BC.

25 August
Ghost Festival
Living descendants pay homage to their deceased ancestors, during Ghost Festival. The deceased are believed to visit the living. They burn “paper money” and make offerings to their ancestors and the dead, so that their spirits will not trouble the living.

24 September
Moon Festival
Also know as the Mid-Autumn Festival. A harvest festival celebrated in China. Families get together to celebrate the harvest under a full moon giving thanks for nature’s abundance.

22 November
Spirit Festival
Also know as the Water Lantern Festival. Families float flower shaped lanterns in a stream or river at sundown as offerings to the deceased whose spirits may return to visit at night. It is said that the spirits of the ancestors will bring good luck to their offspring in the New Year, guided by their lanterns.

22 December
Winter Solstice Festival
Also known as the Mid-Winter Festival. Its origins can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in. The Winter Solstice Festival is a time for optimism.

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