Hangzhou Holidays and Festivals
New Year's Day
This day is not celebrated as much as it is in other parts of the world because it is overshadowed by the Chinese New Year (Lunar Festival).
International Women's Day
Women employees will get a whole or a half paid-day off on the day.
Employees will enjoy a paid-day off. Celebration parties in parks took place as parades on the day.
It is the anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. Employees enjoy three paid-days off. Celebrations usually take the form of parties in amusement parks by day and fire-works and grand TV ensembles during the evening.
Chinese Lunar Festival
The biggest and most celebrated festival in China and south East Asia. New Year's Eve dinner is the most important event when the whole family is present. Special foods are served and more meat than the usual is prepared. Fireworks will break the night, scaring the demons and bad luck away. Pictures of the Door Gods will be posted on the outside door with couples limned in bright red. Folk art poster, paper cutting and lucky wordings on bright red paper will be posted on the wall and windows.
It marks the end of the Chinese New Year Season. Lantern exhibits, lion and dragon dances, and eating Tang Yuan (ball-shaped boiled sweet rice dumplings with delicious stuffing) are events today. It is very much celebrated in the rural areas by farmers.
A day when people visit cemeteries to pay respect to their departed ancestors.
Dragon Boat Festival
It is in memory of a great patriot poet of the State of Chu during the warring States period (475-221 B.C.), Qu Yuan who drowned himself to protest his emperor who gave in to the bully State of Chin. To avoid the fish to consume his body, people of Chin launched their boats and threw rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves into the river where he was drowned to feed the fish. People today still eat the bamboo-leaf rice dumplings (zong zi). Teams of dragon boats, similar to long canoes, train for weeks for the contests in this day, not only in China, but also in other Asian countries with Chinese populations.
This is a festival for people who love to admire the full moon, while the moon on this day is the fullest and largest to the eye. The whole family gathers together, feasting in good wine, fruits, nuts and cakes.
Water Splashing Festival
The most important festival of the year for the Dai people in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan Province. A festival that washes away the demons of the old year and welcomes the joy of the new.
Chinese Youth Day
Commemorating the 1919 student demonstration against foreign aggression.
A seven-day Mongolian festival featuring horseback riding, archery and wrestling.
In addition to celebrating traditional Chinese festivals, natives celebrate local festivals that enhance Hangzhou tourism.
Dragon Well Tea Festival (April-May)
The annual Dragon Well Tea Festival, hosted by Dragon Well Village, attracts people from everywhere to take part in activities such as picking tea, drinking tea, enjoying a tea ceremony, and walking in the countryside.
West Lake Lotus Festival (July-August)
The main activities of this festival include viewing the beautiful lotus, picking lotus seed pods, shelling lotus seed, watching folk drama performances, and visiting the lotus exhibition. The host area is one of the scenic spots of West Lake--Qu Yuan Feng He.
West Lake Osmanthus Festival (September-October)
Since osmanthus is the city flower of Hangzhou, the government has decreed that each year during September when osmanthus blooms, Hangzhou citizens host the West Lake Osmanthus Festival. The sites of the celebration are usually in Man Long Gui Yu Park, Man Jue Long Village, and Hangzhou Arboretum. Appreciating osmanthus and the food made of osmanthus, drinking tea, watching shows and painting exhibitions are the main activities during the festival.
China International Qiantang River Tidal Bore Festival (September--the 18th day of the Eighth Lunar month)
During this tourist-friendly festival, one of the largest in China, visitors arrive to appreciate the great spectacle of the Qiantang River Bore. The bore is a unique natural phenomenon triggered by the pull of the moon. When the tides come in, a wave is produced so large that it surges several meters high. Every year this magnificent wonder draws thousands of tourists from all over the world.
West Lake International Fireworks Show (In the middle of October)
This dazzling event in West Lake draws thousand of viewers to the fireworks site to witness the glittering and colorful skyline. Thousands of new fireworks products from different countries entertain enthusiastic visitors.
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