China Internet Information Center collects all you need to know about Chinese people celebrate different festivals during the year. Traditional festivals, splendid important part of Chinese culture. In the Luna calendar there are eight festivals that the Chinese people celebrate each year: The spring festival , the festival of lanterns, the festival of Qingming, the festival of the dragon boat, the festival of the double seven, the festival of Mid-Autumn, the festival of the double nine and the festival of Winter Solstice. These festivals took shape during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC).
“The dates of traditional Chinese holidays such as New Years are based on the Chinese lunisolar calendar, and not the Gregorian calendar, which means that the exact date of the holiday changes annually.” – Rhonda Parkinson from http://chinesefood.about.com/od/foodandchineseculture/tp/Traditional-Chinese-Holidays-In-2012.htm Some interesting festivals are:
- The spring festival: The Spring Festival or Chinese New Year is the biggest family event all held in China.
“The Spring Festival is the most important festival for the Chinese people and is when all family members get together, just like Christmas in the West. All people living away from home go back, becoming the busiest time for transportation systems of about half a month from the Spring Festival.” – China Internet Information Center http://www.china.org.cn/english/features/Festivals/78322.htm
The Spring festival begins on the first day of the first lunar month, usually late January and early February of the Gregorian calendar, and it takes around 15 days. Many traditions join the Spring Festival. The Chinese character “fu” which means happiness or blessing is a classic.
- The festival of lanterns: The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the 15th of the first lunar month, usually in February or March of the Gregorian calendar, and during the years has become a party of great importance. Its origin dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 to. C-220 d. C). The dedution of the riddles of the lanterns is an essential part of the party. Lanterns owners write riddles on a piece of paper and stick in the lanterns. If visitors have solutions to the riddles, they can pick up the paper and go to the owners to check the answer. If the answer is correct, you will receive a small gift. A typical meal at this event is the yuanxiao, glutinous rice balls with meat or sweet filling.
- The festival of Qingming: More or less the meaning is pure radiance. The festival is from 4 to 6 April. After that, the temperature rises and precipitation down. It’s time to plow and sow the fields it is also a festival of commemoration. The Qingming Festival is a combination of sadness and happiness. The cemeteries are filled with people who come to sweep the tombs and offer sacrifices. People love to fly kites during the festival but this activity practiced by the Chinese many days of the year. The only difference is that on this day people do fly kites at night.
- The festival of the dragon boat It is also called the festival of the double five because it corresponds to the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. This festival is held to honor the memory of the great poet Qu Yuan. Chinese people celebrate the festival with sporting events consisting rowing boat races dragon shaped. This sport fun and commemorative character usually done in southern China where rivers and lakes abound. Another way to celebrate is to eat zongzi, a meal that is prepared with glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves and cane.
- The festival of the double seven It is on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, is a traditional festival full of romance. At night when the sky is full of stars, people contemplate the Milky Way stretching from north to south. On each side, there is a bright star. Their names are the “Shepherd of cows” and “saluting Maiden”, and above them there is a beautiful story that has been passed from generation to generation. Today, you can still see these customs in rural areas, but in cities the tradition has almost disappeared. However, the legend has taken root in the hearts of the people. In recent years, especially urban youth is celebrated as Valentine. As a result, the shops are full of products associated with joy and love.
- Festival of Mid-Autumn The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month and is named after it falls precisely in mid-fall. This practice of giving cakes among the people on the eve of the feast was kept as a habit. As the moon cake is round, represents the family reunion, besides happiness and complete satisfaction.
- The festival of the double nine Chinese traditional festival associated with numerology. It is habit to go to the mountain, bring zhu yu and admire chrysanthemums. The autumn days unless that celebrates the feast, characterized by the freshness of the air and the brightness of the sun, ideal for mountain climbing. The contemplation of the magnificent spectacle that is visible from their tops helps clear the mind and to enlarge our hearts. The sporting side of the ascent of mountains has contributed to its popularity general.
- Festival of Winter Solstice The northern hemisphere on this day experiences the shortest day and the longest night. After the winter solstice, the days get longer and longer. Positive things become more abundant after this day, so it should be celebrated.
“These festivals serves a purpose and in Sydney city on these day the community would set up festival for the people to enjoy and have fun.” Felix Tran from “Report 5: Chinese Cultural festival” http://felixtran.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/chinese-cultural-festival/ In connection with those festivals there are more festivals such as the tradition “Lianhuo festival”
“Men in China’s Zhejiang province have been testing their mettle at the traditional ‘Lianhuo’ festival which involves walking over burning coals in order to ward off evil spirits. People also pray for good fortune, the ritual is unique to the province in Pan’an county. ” – Neela Debnath (26 November 2013 ) – In pictures: Chinese fire walking festival “Lianhuo” from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/in-pictures-chinese-fire-walking-festival-lianhuo-8964280.html
– China Internet Information Center “Traditional festivals in China” Wednesday (October 20 2013) –http://spanish.china.org.cn/spanish/96149.htm – Felix Tran (October 20 2013) – “Report 5: Chinese Cultural festival” http://felixtran.wordpress.com/2013/10/20/chinese-cultural-festival/ – Rhonda Parkinson – “Tradicional Chinese Holidays in 2012” from http://chinesefood.about.com/od/foodandchineseculture/tp/Traditional-Chinese-Holidays-In-2012.htm – Neela Debnath (26 November 2013 ) – In pictures: Chinese fire walking festival “Lianhuo” from http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/in-pictures-chinese-fire-walking-festival-lianhuo-8964280.html Related content:
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