Chinese Festivals: Traditions, Customs and Rituals

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he culture of festivals rooted deeply in the people, and it thus shows itsenormous vitality. In spite of the change of times, it has gradually becomepart of the heritages of the colorful Chinese civilization. These festivals willprovide an entry to the charming Chinese folk cultures.

About Author
Wei Liming was born in Beijing in 1950. Sheworked in the Institute of Biophysics of ChineseAcademy of Sciences and Beijing Reviewmagazine in succession. Her works (includingthose in collaboration with other people) mainlyinclude: China's Ancient Civilization and theWorld, Painting in China, Silk in China, NewArchaeological Discoveries in Recent Five Yearsin China, and Wushu in China, etc.
Table of Contents
Traditional Festivals
Laba Festival
Preliminary Year
Spring Festival
Yuanxiao Festival
Spring Dragon Festival
Pure Brightness Festival
Dragon Boat Festival
Double Seventh Festival
Ullam-bana Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival
Double Ninth Festival
Dong lie
Statutory Festivals
New Year's Day
March 8th Women's Day
Tree-Planting Day
May 1st International Labor Day
May 4th Youth Day
June 1st International Children's Day
August 1st Army's Day
Teachers' Day
National Day
Festivals of the Minorities
Nadam Fair
Fast-Breaking Festival
Corban Festival
Tibetan New Year
Shoton Festival
Bathing Festival
Torch Festival
Pan Wang Festival
Danu Festival
Miao Dragon Boat Festival
Flowery Mountains Festival
Water-Splashing Festival
Third Month Street Fair
Double Third Singing Carnival
Longduan Street Festival
Knife-Pole Festival
New Rice Festival
Munao Festival
Harvest Ceremony
ttuijia Festival
Filling-up-the-Storehouse Festival
Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties
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Winter Solstice, colloquially named "Dong Jie," is a veryimportant festival in ancient times. Winter Solstice comes fifteendays later than the Great Snow. With the daytime reaching itsshortest time in the northern hemisphere on that day and thenight becoming the longest, it is the coldest day in a year. It alsosuggests the arriving of spring and is the turning point betweenwinter and spring. Thus among the twenty-four seasonaldivisions, Winter Solstice is the most important one.
The ancient people thought that when Winter Solstice came,though it was still cold, the spring was already around the corner.People who were still out should come back home to show thatthey had reached their destination at the end of a year. People inFujian and Taiwan provinces regard Winter Solstice as the dayof reunion of families; for it is a day when they offer sacrifices totheir ancestors, and anyone that doesn't return home will be seenas a person who has forgotten his ancestors.
The night of Winter Solstice is the longest in a year, so a lotof families will take advantage of this night to make "WinterSolstice dumplings" of glutinous rice. To distinguish it from "cisui"(bid farewell to the outgoing year) on the lunar New Year'sEve, the day before Winter Solstice is named "tian sui" or "ya sui,"suggesting that though a year (the Chinese "sui" means "year")hasn't ended, everybody has been a year older.
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