Chinese Festivals

  • 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 will be on September 14 this year (2019). Chinese festival days are determined by the Lunar Calendar and this festival always falls on the full moon of the 8th lunar month. It would be easy to imagine that Zhōng Qiū Jié is actually Moon Cake Fesival, because it’s the time of the year that you see moon cakes everywhere. The it i...

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  • Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year

    Chinese New Year the most important festival for Chinese. Like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the US, people often return to their home towns to celebrate. How to say “Happy New Year” The date of Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. This year the Lunar New Year is on Feb 8. If you meet your Chinese friends at this time ...

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