Traditional Festivals in China

Characterized by diverse styles and themes, traditional Chinese festivals are an important part of the country's history and culture, both ancient and modern. A close relationship exists between many of the traditional festivals and chronology, mathematics, the Chinese Calendar and the twenty-four solar terms. Many of the customs connected with the traditional festivals have links with religious devotions, superstitions and myths. The form which most of the festivals take today was established around the time of the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220) and for many years, various eminent poets have written countless masterpieces describing the festivals and are still recited regularly today.

Almost every festival has its own unique origins and customs which reflect the traditional practices and morality of the whole Chinese nation and its people. The grandest and most popular festivals are the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), the Lantern Festival, the Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-autumn Festival, etc.

Chinese Traditional Festivals List

Festival Name
Chinese New Year 1st - 15th of the first lunar month pasting scrolls, the character 'Fu', and paper-cuts pictures, setting-off firecrackers and fireworks, paying New Year visits, and eating jiaozi.
Lantern Festival 15th day of the first lunar month watching lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern riddles, performing folk dances, and eating yuanxiao.
Qingming Festival April 4th or 5th of the solar calendar tomb sweeping, spring outings, and flying kites.
Dragon Boat Festival 5th day of the 5th lunar month dragon boat racing, eating zongzi, wearing a perfume pouch and tying five-colour silk thread, and hanging mugwort leaves and calamus.
Double Seventh Festival 7th day of seventh lunar month praying for skillful hands, appreciating the stars, and eating noodles, jiaozi, and wontons.
Mid-autumn Festival 15th day of the 8th lunar month appreciating and offering sacrifice to the moonlight and eating moon cakes.
Double Ninth Festival 9th day of the 9th lunar month eating Chongyang cake, drinking chrysanthemum wine, climbing mountains and appreciating beautiful chrysanthemums.
Winter Solstice Dec. 21st, 22nd or 23rd in solar calendar having dumplings in northern areas and having sticky puddings in southern areas
Laba Festival 8th day of the 12th lunar month eating laba rice porridge.

Timetable of Chinese Traditional Festivals (2023-2032)
FestivalYear Chinese New Year Lantern Festival Qingming Dragon Boat Double Seventh Mid-autumn Double Ninth Laba
2023 Jan. 22 Feb. 5 Apr. 5 Jun. 22 Aug. 22 Sep. 29 Oct. 23 Jan. 18, 2024
2024 Feb. 10 Feb. 24 Apr. 4 Jun. 10 Aug. 10 Sep. 17 Oct. 11 Jan. 7, 2025
2025 Jan. 29 Feb. 12 Apr. 4 May 31 Aug. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 29 Jan. 26, 2026
2026 Feb. 17 Mar. 3 Apr. 5 Jun. 9 Aug. 19 Sep. 25 Oct. 18 Jan. 15, 2027
2027 Feb. 6 Feb. 20 Apr. 5 Jun. 9 Aug. 8 Sep. 15 Oct. 8 Jan. 4, 2028
2028 Jan. 26 Feb. 9 Apr. 4 Jun. 27 Aug. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 26 Jan. 22, 2029
2029 Feb. 13 Feb. 27 Apr. 4 Jun. 16 Aug. 16 Sep. 22 Oct. 16 Jan. 11, 2030
2030 Feb. 3 Feb. 17 Apr. 5 Jun. 5 Aug. 5 Sep. 12 Oct. 5 Jan. 1, 2031
2031 Jan. 22 Feb. 6 Apr. 5 Jun. 24 Aug. 24 Oct. 1 Oct. 24 Jan. 20, 2032
2032 Feb. 10 Feb. 25 Apr. 4 Jun. 12 Aug. 12 Sep. 19 Oct. 12 Jan. 8, 2033

Note: The dates above refer to the gregorian calendar.

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- Last updated on Oct. 17, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Traditional Festivals in China
Asked by Lisa from FRANCE | Nov. 03, 2023 14:41Reply
Signalement d'une erreur dans votre tableau "Chinese Traditional Festivals List"
Je pense avoir trouvé une erreur à la première ligne du tableau "Chinese Traditional Festivals List",
où l'on trouve pour la fête de Chinese New Year "1st - 15th of the first lunar month" (colonne "Date").
La bon texte ne serait-il pas : "1st DAY of the first lunar month" ?
En vous remerciant de votre retour,
Bien cordialement,

Reporting an error in your "Chinese Traditional Festivals List" table
I think I found an error in the first line of the "Chinese Traditional Festivals List" table,
where for the Chinese New Year holiday we find "1st - 15th of the first lunar month" (column "Date").
Wouldn't the right text be: "1st DAY of the first lunar month"?
Thanking you for your feedback,
Yours sincerely,
Answers (1)
Answered by Jesse | Nov. 05, 2023 19:10

Hi, here refers to a broad sense of Chinese New Year celebration, which generally lasts from the 1st day to the 15th day of the Chinese first lunar month.
Asked by caroline from IRELAND | Feb. 20, 2018 14:48Reply
In china do thay celebrate irish festivals?
Answers (4)
Answered by Julia from FRANCE | Feb. 21, 2018 19:13

Generally speaking, they won't celebrate irish festivals. Besides traditional Chinese holidays, they usually celebrate western festivals such as Christmas Day, Halloween and Valentine's Day.

Hope helpful!
Answered by mahansong | Oct. 14, 2021 23:06

No, in China we celebrate our own festivals.
Answered by Etla | Oct. 03, 2022 03:43

Christmas and Halloween are popular events to celebrate in Hong Kong SAR, China.
Answered by Etla | Oct. 03, 2022 03:58

You may be talking about HKSAR, China. Christmas Day, Halloween and Valentine's Day are popular events in HKSAR, China. People do make good use of these events to have fun, having parties, mostly with friends, but Christmas are having gatherings with families and friends. As regard to Chinese Festivals, HKSAR people take it more serious to celebrate all Chinese Festivals , and all these Festivals are normally a must celebrating with families. All Chinese Festivals are recognised and are granted public holidays for each Chinese Festivals. It can easily be found on a calendar showing both western calendar and Chinese calendar on same card if you search a calendar details in the HKSAR website. Having said that, Christmas is also an event where public holidays are granted too.
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