Holidays & Festivals of China
During Chinese public holidays and traditional festivals, most shops keep closed for celebration, and numerous activities are held. If you plan to travel to China during the festival time, please refer to the following schedules.
*New Year's Day :January 1, one day off.
*Spring Festival:The first day of the first lunar month(between late January and early March),three days off.
*Pure Brightness Festival:About April 5, one day off.
*International Labor Day:May 1, one day off.
*Dragon Boat Festival:The 5th day of the Chinese 5th lunar month(between late May and late June), one day off.
*Mid-Autumn Festival:The 15th day of the Chinese 8th lunar month(between early September and early October), one day off.
*National Day:October 1, one day off.
Main National Festivals
*Spring Festival:Held on the first day of the first lunar month, the spring festival is regarded by the Chinese people as the grandest and most important annual festival, similar in many ways to Christmas in predominantly Christian countries. It is an event for the Chinese people to celebrate family reunion and is full of rich and colorful activities.
*Lantern Festival:It falls on the 15th day of the first luner month(between early February and early March).The Latern Festival is celebrated on the night of the first full moon after the Spring Festival. The Chinese people eat sweet dumplings made of glutinous rice flour and appreciate colorful lanterns at the festival.
*Mid-Autumn Festival:Falling on the 15th day of the Chinese 8th lunar month, the Mid-Autumn Festival means family reunion to Chinese people, thus it is one of the most important traditional festivals. There are many beautiful legends about the origin of this festival. Admiring the full moon and eating moon cakes are the traditional activities held on this day.