Chinese Culture 中国文化


New Year (—元旦)                                                                                                                                                     It falls on the first day of the year. It marks the beginning of a year. People will plan what               to do in the new year. Because they believe that the whole year’s work depends on a good           start in spring.

The Spring Festival (春节)                                                                                                                                         Spring Festival is the most important festival in China. It is on the first day of the first lunar           month(阴历正月). On the eve of the festival, people will paste spring poems(贴春联)with                 lucky words. They prepare delicious food, dumpling is a must. They also clean their house,           but there is no sweeping on spring festival for people think it will sweep away good luck.               People often come back home to enjoy family reunion, the whole family will get together             for the big dinner. They also exchange greeting with other friends and relatives.

Lantern Festival (元宵节)                                                                                                                                         It comes on the 15th of the first lunar month and it marks the end of the Spring Festival.               On this day, people often eat sweet dumplings(元宵)for good luck. They will visit the                       display of lanterns(灯展)or go for temple fair(庙会)

Qingming Festival (清明节)                                                                                                                                       Qingming —It is also called Tomb-Sweeping Day. It falls on April 4th or 5th . That is a                     special day for the living to show love and respect to their dead friends or relatives.                       People often go to sweep the tomb and put the meat, wine in front of the tomb. One                     interesting thing is that people burn the paper money for the dead.

Dragon Boat Festival (端午节)                                                                                                                                 This day is on the fifth of the fifth lunar month, People often get together to watch the                   wonderful “Dragon Boat Race”(龙舟大赛),Rice dumpling is a must on Dragon Boat                         Festival.

Double Seventh Festival (七夕)                                                                                                                              The Qixi Festival (Chinese: 七夕), also known as the Qiqiao Festival (Chinese: 乞巧), is                      a Chinese festival celebrating the annual meeting of the cowherd and weaver                                  girl in mythology. The festival is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh lunisolar                  month on the Chinese calendar.

Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)                                                                                                                                 It comes on the 15th of the eighth lunar month. People often gaze at the “Lady in the                     moon”(嫦娥) and eat moon cakes.

Double Ninth Festival (重阳节)                                                                                                                                According to the I Chingnine is a yang number; the ninth day of the ninth lunar month (or           double nine) has too much yang (a traditional Chinese spiritual concept) and is thus a                   potentially very auspicious date. Hence, the day is also called “Double Yang Festival” (重陽             節). It is customary to climb a high mountain, drink chrysanthemum liquor, and wear                     the zhuyu (茱萸) plant, Cornus officinalis. (Both chrysanthemum and zhuyu are considered             to have cleansing qualities and are used on other occasions to air out houses and cure                 illnesses

Winter Solstice Festival (东芝)                                                                                                                               The origins of this festival can be traced back to the yin and yang philosophy of balance                and harmony in the cosmos. After this celebration, there will be days with longer                            daylight hours and therefore an increase in positive energy flowing in.