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published: 2/3/05
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Chinese Holidays and Festivals



What are Chinese holidays?

Chinese New Year

Chinese religion has many different expressions. Convictions about the nature of the universe, the spiritual realm, and people can vary from person to person. Chinese religion has no formal infastructure or authority; rather, "Chinese religion" is a term describing the various interaction of different religious and philosophical traditions that have been influential in China, including, but not limited to, Chinese folk religion, Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.

Several traditional Chinese holidays and festivals are celebrated throughout the year. The most well-known Chinese holiday is Chinese New Year, which is celebrated in Chinatowns all over the world to the delight of Chinese and non-Chinese alike. Other holidays celebrate the seasons and honor deceased ancestors. The most important holidays in Chinese religion are the following:



Sacred days in Chinese religion


Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year (also called the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival) is the most important holiday in China and for Chinese people around the world.

Autumn Moon Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival, or, less commonly, Mooncake Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday falling on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (usually late September).

Ghost Festival

The Ghost Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the fifteenth day of the seventh lunar month.

Chinese Buddhist Festivals

Below is a list of the holy days that Chinese Buddhists celebrate by visiting Buddhist temples to make offerings of prayers, incense, fruits, flowers and donations. On such days they observe the moral precepts as well as having only vegetarian food.

Qing Ming Jie (Tomb Sweeping Day)

Qing Ming Jie or Ching Ming Festival ("Pure Brightness Festival") is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the 106th day after the winter solstice, which occurs on April 4 or April 5 of the Gregorian calendar.


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