Chinese festivals refer to the memorial days, celebrations and international festivals recognized by China. National holidays in China, also called public holidays, are: New Year, the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), the Qingming Festival, Labor Day, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-Autumn Festival, and National Day. Besides, the traditional Chinese holidays and the ethnic minority festivals are essential parts of China Festivals. In addition, there are tourism festivals in China, western festivals in China, etc.
1. National Holidays in China
Each year, China has 7 public holidays enjoyed by all citizens. Each year’s holidays are announced about three weeks before the start of the year by the General Office of the State Council. Weekends are usually swapped with the weekdays next to the actual holiday to create a longer holiday period.
2019 Holiday Schedule of China
|New Year||Dec. 30, 2018-Jan. 1, 2019||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)||Feb. 4–Feb. 10, 2019||Jan. 24–Jan. 29||Feb. 11–Feb. 17|
|Qingming Festival||Apr. 5-Apr. 7||TBA||TBA|
|Labor Day||May 1||TBA||TBA|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 7-June 9||TBA||TBA|
|Mid-Autumn Festival||Sep. 13-Sep. 15||TBA||TBA|
|National Day||Oct. 1–Oct. 7||Oct. 1–Oct. 7||Oct. 1–Oct. 7|
Besides, there are additional holidays for specific social groups such as International Women’s Day, Youth Day, etc.
|Holiday Name||Date||Applicable to|
|International Women’s Day||March 8||Women (half-day)|
|Youth Day||May 4||Youth from the age of 14 to 28 (half-day)|
|Children’s Day||June 1||Children below the age of 14 (1 day)|
|Army Day||August 1||Military personnel in active service (half-day)|
Main Public Holidays in China
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2. Traditional Chinese Holidays
The traditional Chinese holidays are an essential part of harvests or prayer offerings. All traditional holidays are scheduled according to the Chinese calendar (except the Qing Ming and Winter Solstice days). The most important Chinese holiday is the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), which is also celebrated in Taiwan and overseas ethnic Chinese communities.
|Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)||1st day of 1st Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar. Holidays last two full weeks up to the Lantern Festival.|
|Lantern Festival||15th day of 1st Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar|
|April 4||Qingming Festival(Tomb Sweeping Day)||Based on the Qingming solar term.|
|Dragon Boat Festival||5th day of 5th Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar|
|Double Seventh Day||7th day of 7th Lunisolar month||The Chinese Valentine’s Day, based on Chinese calendar|
|Spirit Festival (Ghost Festival)||15th day of 7th Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar|
|Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)||15th day of 8th Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar|
|Chongyang Festival||9th day of 9th Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar|
|Winter Solstice Festival(Dongzhi)||December 21st, 22nd or 23rd||Based on Chinese calendar|
|Summer Solstice Festival(Xiazhi)||June 21st or 22nd||Based on Chinese calendar|
|Laba Festival||8th day of the 12th Lunisolar month||Based on Chinese calendar|
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3. Ethnic Minority Festivals in China
China is a large country with 55 ethnic minorities. There are public holidays celebrate by certain ethnic minorities in certain regions, which are decided by local governments. All these traditional ethnic minority festivals are regarded as indispensable components of the minorities’ customs.
|Holiday Name||Date||Celebrated by|
|Double Third Festival||the third day of the third lunar month in Chinese calendar||Zhuang, Yao, Dong, Miao, Buyi, etc|
|Water-Splashing Festival||April 13–15 of the Dai calendar||Dai|
|Torch Festival||24th to 27th of the sixth lunar month||Yi, Bai, Naxi, etc.|
|Nadam Fair||July or August||Mongolian|
|Shoton Festival||4th of August||Tibetan|
|Lusheng Festival||27th, 28th, 29th of the ninth month in lunar calendar||Miao|
|Sisters’ Meal Festival||15th day of the third month in the lunar calendar||Miao|
|Knife-Pole Festival||2nd day of the second lunar month||Lisu|
|End of Ramadan||The beginning of the tenth month on the Islamic calendar||Hui, Uygur, Kazak, etc.|
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4. Tourism Festivals in China
In recent years, there are many tourism festivals administered by regional governments, who organize tourism festivals in order to make local scenic locations better known to people.
|Harbin Ice and Snow Festival||January 5 – February 5|
|Luoyang Peony Fair||April 15 – 25|
|Qingdao International Beer Festival||the second weekend of August, lasts for 16 days|
|Qufu International Confucius Culture Festival||September 26 – October 10|
|Huangshan Mountain International Tourist Festival||November|
|Pingyao International Photography Festival||September|
|Shanghai Tourism Festival||September|
|Hainan International Tourism Island Carnival||November|
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5. Western Festivals in China
Many Chinese especially those on the Eastern Seaboard in China who have long contact with the West and Western people are familiar with Western Festivals. No one can have failed to notice the fact that Western festivals are gaining ever-increasing popularity in China. An increasing number of Chinese are fond of celebrating Western festivals today.
|April Fool’s Day||1st April|
|Saint Valentine’s Day||14th February|
|Mother’s Day||the 2nd Sunday in May|
|Father’s Day||the 3rd Sunday in June|
|Thanksgiving Day||the 4th Thursday in November|
|Christmas Day||25th December|
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6. China Festivals by Months
|Festivals in January||Festivals in February||Festivals in March||Festivals in April|
|Festivals in May||Festivals in June||Festivals in July||Festivals in August|
|Festivals in September||Festivals in October||Festivals in November||Festivals in December|
7. Recommended Festival Tours with Us
Chinese festivals are diverse and rich in content, which is an integral part of China’s history and culture. Join our festival tours to celebrate and experience the real Chinese culture. We have many years of experience in operating Chinese festival tours. Below are some recommended festival tours with us.
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