Traditional Chinese Festivals are an important part of Chinese culture, even to this day. Many of the festivals date back thousands of years but are still celebrated in very similar manners. The most well-known Chinese Festival is perhaps the Chinese New Year or Chinese Spring Festival, akin to the Western Christmas and New Year’s Eve combined. However, there are many other essential and celebrated festivals in China with rich backstories and deep cultural roots.
The most important Festival in China marks the beginning of a new Lunar year. During the Spring Festival, China sets records for having the most people traveling at the same time every year, returning home to visit their families.
Also known as the Lantern Festival, this festival lands on the 15th day of the new lunar year and also marks the end of the Spring Festival. A time for family reunions and lantern riddles.
Qingming means “clear and bright” when translated to English and falls in April, usually around the time of the start of spring. But more importantly, the Qingming festival is a time for mourning and remembering your ancestors or family members who have passed away.
On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month is the Dragon Boat Festival. For thousands of years, the Dragon Boat Festival has been celebrated by eating Zhongzi and racing dragon boats. Zhongzi is a glutinous rice ball, usually in the shape of a kind of pyramid wrapped in bamboo leaves.
Falling on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, the Mid-Autumn Festival falls on a full moon and is a time for a family reunion. The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many different ways, but the one thing that seems common is eating mooncakes.