Chinese Festivals

  • Chinese New Year song: Gong Xi

    Chinese New Year song: Gong Xi

    A traditional song of greeting and merriment is the Gong Xi song. Chinese Pinyin English每条大街小巷Měi tiáo dàjiē xiǎo xiàngEach small street and large street 每个人的嘴里Měigè rénde zuǐ lǐIn everyone’s mouth 见面第一句话Jiànmiàn dìyī jù huàThe first sentence on meeting 就是恭喜恭喜Jiùshì gōngxǐ gōngxǐIs Greetings greet...

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  • Spring Festival

    Spring Festival

    Chinese people follow two calendars. They use the Solar (Gregorian) calendar for daily life, and the Lunar calendar for festivals and holidays. The sun and the moon are not in synch, which is why Spring festival never falls on the same date twice in a row. This year it is on Feb 5. Spring festival actually lasts for 15 days, from the new moon to the ful...

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  • Western New Years

    Western New Years

    Chinese people celebrate the new year, just like we do … with lots of fireworks. You probably know that fireworks were invented in China, so the Chinese fireworks are (am just guessing here) more than 1000 times more plentiful in China. However, in recent years Shanghai has restricted personal fireworks due to pollution concerns. Audio Chinese Pi...

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  • Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

    Shèngdàn jié kuàilè

    If you find yourself in China in December you maybe surprised how eagerly stores and shops embrace the “Christmas Spirit”. However, their commercial enthusiasm is always somewhat awkwardly cute. This photo of bearded lady Santa’s kind of sums it up for me. These ladies are from Shenyang in the NE of China. They are actually warming up ...

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    • Dragon boat racing near Portland's Steel Bridge
      Dragon boat racing near Portland's Steel Bridge
    • Zongzi is rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, then steamed or boiled.
      Zongzi is rice wrapped in bamboo leaves, then steamed or boiled.
    • Zongzi is steamed rice with tasty morsels inside.
      Zongzi is steamed rice with tasty morsels inside.
    • Realgar wine, painted on children's faces to protect them from evil.
      Realgar wine, painted on children's faces to protect them from evil.

    Dragon Boat Racing

    Dragon Boat Races are a traditional part of the Chinese festival called  端午节 [duān wǔ jié]. It is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month in the  lunar calendar.  This year (2018), it falls on Monday June 18th.    This festival commemorates Qu Yuan (340-278 BC), an ancient Chinese official and a poet, who drowned himself rather than serve a ...

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