Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday that originates from the worship of the moon. It falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month and symbolizes harvest and family reunion. Traditionally, it is a time spent with family members, similar to Thanksgiving Day. Family members will get together and enjoy the full moon (auspicious symbol of harmony and luck) and eat delicious mooncakes.
The Spring Festival is the most celebrated traditional Chinese festival and known as "Guo Nian" in Chinese. With the coming of Chinese New Year, every family will gather to have dinner, known as "Tuan Nian" which means "getting together". People will stay up late even all night on Chinese New Year's Eve, putting up the spring festival scrolls and decorating with lanterns and streamers. Meanwhile, local people will pay visits to each other at the beginning days of Chinese New Year, play the lion dance and the dragon lantern dance, put on Shehuo show, visit flower markets and appreciate lantern lights.
The National Day of China
The National Day of China is celebrated every year on October 1st. The National Day is celebrated throughout mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau with a variety of government-organized activities including fireworks and concerts. This is also the first day of the 7 days national holiday. Many people will travel during the holiday.
The Qingming Festival has a lot of significance in Chinese Tea culture since this specific day divides the fresh green teas by their picking dates. Green teas made from leaves picked before this date are given the prestigious 'pre-qingming' or 'mingqian' designation which commands a much higher price tag. These teas are prized for having much lighter and subtler aromas than those picked after the festival.
This is yet another one of the ancient Chinese festivals that attracts millions of people. Also known as the Dragon Boat festival, people celebrate by gathering together to take part or watch the dragon boat races, especially in the southern areas of China. Another important part of the Duanwu festival is eating Zong Zi, which is the glutinous rice wrapped in reed leaves and it is a must try.
Qixi Festival falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month on the lunar calendar. Traditionally girls demonstrate their handicrafts and make wishes for a good husband. This traditional holiday has been recently called China’s Valentine’s Day, young lovers prefer to go shopping and boys send flowers to girls.
The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. Therefore, the day is also called Yuan (Round) Xiao (Night) Festival in China. According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat Yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united in the joyful atmosphere.