Chinese Festivals

  • Qíngrěn jié

    Qíngrěn jié

    Valentines day is coming soon. Don’t be caught off guard without an appropriate Chinese greeting. If this phrase sounds inverted … it is. In English, we say “Happy Valentines Day”, but the Chinese prefer to say “Valentines Day Happy”. This is true for all holiday greetings. But, it is not hard to get used to. Use th...

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  • Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    Chinese people celebrate the new year on the second new moon following the Winter Solstice. They have many traditions to follow during the Spring Festival. (Yes, even in the dead of winter, they still call it Spring Festival). Probably the most important tradition is eating. There are many different foods that are eaten during Spring Festival. Spring ...

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  • Winter Solstice

    Winter Solstice

    Winter Solstice is Dōngzhì (冬至) in Chinese. Dōngzhì festival has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is a time for friends and families to get together and mark the passing of time. Chinese people often make tāngyuán (湯圓), balls of glutinous rice with a sweet treat inside. They are often brightly colored and served in a bowl of sweet bro...

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  • Double Seven Festival

    Double Seven Festival

    The Double Seven festival occurs on the 7th day of the 7th month of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar. This day is also known as Chinese Valentines day. This year (2019) the festival lands on August 7th. Ancient Story This day is a special day for two romantic characters banished from heaven and Earth. The girl, Zhīnǚ (织女), was a weaver of fine...

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  • Dragon Boat Festival

    Dragon Boat Festival

    The Chinese holiday “Duānwǔ Jié” is often called the Dragon Boat Festival, but the name means “Festival of the 5th day of the 5th month”. You can read a little about the history and customs this festival on this website. The two most popular activities on Duānwǔ Jié are: watching dragon boat races and eating zongzi. Zongzi i...

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