Chinese Festivals

  • 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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  • Lantern Festival

    Lantern Festival

    元宵节快乐 Yuán Xiāo Jié kuài le! Lantern Festival is celebrated on the first full moon following Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival). Spring Festival starts on the new moon and ends with Lantern Festival. The Chinese name is 元宵节 (Yuán Xiāo Jié). 元 is an ancient word for “first” while 宵 is an ancient word for R...

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  • Mid Autumn Festival

    Mid Autumn Festival

    Mid Autumn Festival (中秋节, Zhōng Qiū Jié) will be on September 24 this year, 2018. Chinese festival days are determined by the Lunar Calendar and this festival always falls on the full moon of the 8th lunar month. Most people know Zhōng Qiū Jié because “moon cakes” are often given away as gifts, and offered for sale at local Chinese res...

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