Holidays in China
The People’s Republic of China is a unique country with a rich ancient heritage that has spawned many magnificent festivals and festivals. Most of which still retain their splendor. But what are the holidays in China?
Chinese New Year
Generally held in late January or early February, Chinese New Year is the country’s most outstanding and recognized holiday. It is not only throughout China, but also in countries around the world where the Chinese diasporas exist. Fireworks, worship, dance, cuisine and music play a significant role in the success of the New Year. The event is sometimes called the Chinese Spring Festival.
Red Light Festival
Held in February, traditionally marks the end of the Chinese New Year. The festival is famous throughout the world for its stunningly beautiful lanterns that capture streets and courtyards throughout China. The celebration of the Lantern Festival includes various traditional rituals. One of the funniest is to solve riddles written on lanterns or on pieces of paper attached to them. Children especially like to solve these puzzles. Usually riddles relate to Chinese culture with traditional characters, historical events, literature and names of Chinese cities or places. Words and phrases in these riddles often have several meanings.
The traditional food of the Lantern Festival is called Tanguan. These are sweet rice balls filled with peanut or sesame paste. It is believed that the round shape of the tanguana and the bowl from which they are served symbolize the unity of the family.
Clean and vibrant festival (Qingming)
Qingming, otherwise known as the Clean and Bright Festival, is usually held in April. He celebrates the arrival of the most beautiful period of spring. Visitors and locals travel to parks and gardens to enjoy music, dance and performances in the main cities of China. However, visiting cemeteries is usually the first thing that Chinese citizens do on this day to remember their dead relatives and put their graves in order. Even on this day, the Chinese are burning fake money and house models to ensure the well-being of their deceased relatives.
May 1, China celebrates the international day of workers. This fun family holiday lasts three days. During this time, the Chinese meet with family and friends, attend special events. Many people attend theaters and exhibitions. Demonstrations and performances take place on the streets of Chinese cities.
May Day holidays are the best time to visit China, because during this period of the year the government gives permission for discounts. You can not only visit the main attractions of the country at reduced prices, but also go shopping.
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival, or Duanwu Festival, is one of the most exciting events in China. It is held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, which usually falls around June. Dragon boat racing is common in Chinese metropolitan areas. Also on this day, parents prepare herbal bags for their children. According to Chinese beliefs, these bags drive away evil spirits and bring good luck.
During the festival, there is a preparation of a special dzongzi dish. These are rice triangles wrapped in bamboo leaves, and the filling is meat or beans.
The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Chinese Lunar Festival, traditionally falls on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, which is in September or early October according to the Gregorian calendar. He brings families together to celebrate the harvest on the full moon. The festival is gratitude for the abundance of nature and for a joyful reunion with loved ones. The Mid-Autumn Festival is the second most important festival in China after the New Year. During the holiday, the Chinese cook and give each other moon cookies, these are the traditional sweets of China.
Chinese Education Day
National Day is a celebration in honor of the founding of the People’s Republic of China on October 1, 1949. It is also known as Golden Week. Because people usually get seven full days off. These days, many Chinese go to travel around the country or outside the country. People also visit relatives in other cities and send their children to visit their grandparents in the village. Throughout the holiday week in China, all public transport is crowded.