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Chinese Festivals
China is a kingdom of festivals. A wide diversity of festivals of different nationalities have enriched and colorized the life of Chinese people. Festivals are surely one important composition of China’s long history. These customs and festivals present people with vivid images of ancient Chinese life. By Han Dynasty, the main festivals in China had taken shape. In Tang Dynasty, more festivals emerged and the representative festivals matured and became more popular in public. With the popularity of these traditional festivals, more and more literary masterpieces narrated or illustrated them.
China Ghost Festival
Much like Western culture's Halloween, some Eastern cultures celebrate a Fall festival where they believe the gates of hell are thrown open, releasing hungry ghosts to wander the earth in search of food and taking revenge upon those who wronged them in life. This month-long festival is known as the Hungry Ghost Festival and takes place during the 7th lunar month.
Chinese Ghost Festival, Zhongyuan Festival
China Lantern Festival
The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in the ancient times people called night Xiao. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called Yuan Xiao Festival in China. According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate.
Chinese Lantern Festival
China Mid-Autumn Day
Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Lantern or Mooncake festival, falls on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese calendar or roughly 25th September on the Western calendar. This is one of the more important festival for the Chinese around the world. On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese all over the world celebrate by sitting down with friends and relatives to sip Chinese tea, eat moon-cakes, recite poems, listen to classical Chinese music and admire the full moon
China Mid-Autumn Festival
China Qixi Festival
This festival is in mid-summer when the weather is warm and the grass and trees reveal their luxurious greens. At night when the sky is dotted with stars, and people can see the Milky Way spanning from the north to the south. On each bank of it is a bright star, which see each other from afar. They are the Cowherd and Weaver Maid, and about them there is a beautiful love story passed down from generation to generation.
Qixi Festival, Chinese Valentine’s Day
China Spring Festival
Chinese traditional spring festival to a most degree is the concentrated reflection and show of Chinese ancient climate, agriculture, chronometer as well as folk belief. Traditionally, at the end of the year, people worship and commemorate their ancestry with what they harvest, and it is the appreciation for giving from nature and their forefather. Hence, in this way, Spring Festival is Chinese Thanksgiving Day.
Spring Festival
Spring Festival Sacrificing Ceremony
Chinese Festival in Brief
China is a kingdom of festivals. Diversities of festivals in different nationalities enrich and colorize the life of Chinese people. It is surely one important composition of Chinese long history. Since these customs and festivals, people can clearly see the vivid image of ancient Chinese life.
Chinese Festivals
Yunnan Top Festivals(1/2)
Yunnan Top Festivals(2/2)
Dong Nationality Festivals
Dong People celebrate various festivals, such as Dong New Year, Dong Bullfighting Festival, Girls’ Day, Sowing Seeds Festival, King Lin's Day, Eat New Harvest, Reed-Pipe Dance Festival and various singing contests. Gaoba Singing Festival and Shengdeshan Singing Contest are participated with tens of thousands of people, which are very engaging.
Dong Festival
Si Yue Ba Festival
Dragon Boat Festival,Double Fifth Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as the Duanwu Festival, is a celebration on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, so it is also called Double Fifth Festival. For more than 2000 years, the festival has been marked by eating zong zi (sticky rice(糯米)wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves) and racing dragon boats.
Dragon Boat Festival, Duan Wu Festival, Double Fifth Festival
March 3rd Festival
It ‘s surprising to know that March 3rd is a festival of many nationalities including Han. It was also named Shangsi Festival before Wei and Jin Dynasties.
March 3rd Festival (Sanyuesan Festival)
March Street Fair of the Bai Nationality
Visiting Dali during the March Street Fair is a refreshing experience. It is the best season of the locality. Though lingering traces of snow are still visible at certain less-shone places of the Cangshan Hill, azaleas have come in bloom and the blackish hill looks like a girl’s flushing, pinkish face. Belts of white clouds drift around the hill’s waist, and the Erhai Lake at its foot is dotted with white sails and islands.
March Street Fair of the Bai Nationality
Miao Nationality Festivals
Miao Nationality boasts many captivating festivals, such as Miao New Year Festival. Guzang Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Sisters' Meal Festival.
Reed-pipe Wind Instrument Festival
Guzang Festival of Miao Nationality, Miao Top Festival
Sisters' Meal Festival in Shidong Town, Miao Valentine' s Day
Miao Dragon Boat Festival
Tiaohua Festival of Fenghuang Ancient Town
Mongolia Naadam Festival
Mongolia Naadam festival is one the grandest annual ethnic festival also held in Inner Mongolia. It evolves into a comprehensive event combining sport competition, entertainment as well as trade fair. Naadam festival has been inscribed on the List of the China’s Intangible Culture Heritage and the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of UNESCO.
Naadam Festival: the Mongol’s Annual Olympic, Carnival and Trade Festival
Munao Festival
Munaozongge Festival, also known as Munao Festial of the Jingpo ethnic group, is the grandest collective dance on earth.
Munao Festival: Heavenly Celebration on earth
Tibet Shoton Festival
In Tibetan calendar, each late June to early July is the time to celebrate the traditional Shoton Festival, also known as “Yoghurt Festival”, “Tibetan Opera Festival” and “Buddha Exhibition Festival”. A grand Tibetan opera and Buddhist ceremony will be held. Generally the Shoton Festival begins with the Buddha exhibition and then follows by Tibetan opera and local people’s festivities as well as wonderful yak racing and equestrian performances...
Shoton Festival
Tibetan Festivals
The Tibetans celebrate an ocean of festivals, among which Tibetan New Year is the grandest; Tibetan Butter Lantern Festival is ideal time to enjoy yak butter sculptures, Shoton Festival features amazing Tibetan Opera show and Saka Dawa festival denoted to Sakyamuni’s birth and enlightenment will lead you into the core of their culture: Tibetan Buddhism.
Funny Customs of Tibetan New Year (Losar)
Tibetan Butter Lantern Festival and Yak Butter Sculptures
2014/5/6 Tibetan Festival Calendar
Travel Story of Saga Dawa Festival Mount Kailash
Torch Festival(Fire Festival)
Torch Festival or Fire Festival is widely celebrated among the people of Yi, Bai, Naxi, Hani, Lahu, Pumi and some other ethnic groups in southwest China.
Torch Festival
Water Dragon Dance Festival
Fire Dragon Dance and Water Dragon Dance are two most significant festivals for Kejia People(Hakka People). As to the origination of Water Dragon Dance, there is a legend devoted to it. One day, the prince Adou of the State of Shu was playing chess and his Jade ribbon was blown into a well by wind. He ordered his subsidiary to pick it up.
Water Dragon Dance Festival
Water Splashing Festival
Water-Splashing Festival might be the most interesting and merriest of all festivals in China. It is widely celebrated in southern Yunnan by ethnic Dai, Achang, De’ang, Bulang, and Wa groups.
Water Splashing Festival
Xibe Ethnic Group’s Westward Movement Festival
The Westward Movement Festival, one of the Xibe people’s most prominent traditional festival, serving to commemorate the westward movement of their forefather who bade farewell to their hometown to guard borders over 200 years ago.
Mysterious and Endangered: The Xibe Ethnic Group’s Westward Movement Festival
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