China Holidays

Chinese Holidays

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    The holidays in China varies greatly and rich in different activities. They are an important part of Chinese history and culture. From the holidays, you can learn China’s rich culture and long history vividly.


    Following are Chinese holidays with meanings (or customs) and exact times to celebrate for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    Chinese Holidays Calendar
    Holidays Remarks 2016 2017 2018
    January
    New Year's Day Celebrating the New Year Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Jan. 1
    Chinese "Small New Year" Sacrificing the Kitchen God Feb.1 Jan. 20 Feb. 8
    Laba Festival Eating Laba rice porridge Jan. 5
    (2017)
    Jan. 24
    (2018)
    Jan.13
    (2019)
    Chinese Spring Festival Eve The day before the Spring Festival: family gathering for a reunion dinner, cleaning and decorating houses, setting firecrackers, etc. Feb. 7 Jan. 27 Feb.15
    Chinese Spring Festival Family gathering and festivities for 3-15 days to celebrate the Chinese New Year Feb.8 Jan.28 Feb.16
    February
    Lantern Festival Eating yuanxiao, watching lanterns and fireworks, guessing lantern riddles Feb.22 Feb.11 Mar. 2
    March
    Dragon Heads-raising Day (Spring/Blue Dragon Festival) The day to cut hair. After the day, there will be more and more rains. Mar.10 Feb.27 Mar.18
    Women's Day The day to remember the women's struggle for getting the reasonable right and peace Mar. 8 Mar. 8 Mar. 8
    Arbor Day Planting trees Mar.12 Mar.12 Mar.12
    April
    Cold Food Festival No fire allowed and only cold food can be eaten Apr.3 Apr.3 Apr.5
    Qingming Festival The day to sacrifice ancestors, sweep tombs of the deceased relatives and go out for traveling Apr.4 Apr.4 Apr.5
    May
    May Day The day for the working people worldwide May1 May1 May1
    Youth Day The day to encourage the youngsters over 14 to study hard May 4 May 4 May 4
    International Nurse Day commemorating Florence Nightingale May 12 May 12 May 12
    June
    Children's Day The day for the world children Jun. 1 Jun. 1 Jun. 1
    Dragon Boat Festival The day to commemorate the death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan: Eating Zongzi and dragon boat racing, etc. Jun. 9 May. 30 Jun. 18
    July
    Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese Communist Party to celebrate for the founding of the Chinese Communist Party Jul. 1 Jul. 1 Jul. 1
    August
    Army Day of the Chinese People's Liberation Army to celebrate the birth of PLA Aug. 1 Aug. 1 Aug. 1
    Double Seventh Festival Chinese Valentine's Day Aug.9 Aug.28 Aug.17
    Ghost Festival
    (Zhongyuan Festival or Yu Lan Pen Festival)
    Family members offer prayers to their deceased relatives Aug.17 Aug.17 Aug.25
    September
    Teachers' Day to show respect to teachers Sep. 10 Sep.10 Sep.10
    Mid-Autumn Festival Family gathering to eat moon cakes and appreciate the bright full moon Sep.15 Oct.4 Sep.24
    October
    National Day Celebrating for the founding of the People's Republic of China Oct.1 Oct.1 Oct.1
    The Double Ninth Festival (Chongyang Festival) Chinese Senior's Day Oct.9 Oct.28 Oct.17
    November
    Journalists'Day to praise the achievements of journalists Nov. 8 Nov. 8 Nov. 8
    Spirit Festival (Xiayuan Festival) Giving offerings to the deceased Nov.14 Dec.2 Nov.22
    December
    Winter Solstice Eating dumplings and sweet soup balls Dec.21 Dec.22 Dec.22

    Note:

    The above dates refer to the Gregorian calendar.
    Above them the most important traditional Chinese festivals are Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day, Chongyang Festival, Winter Solistice and Laba Festival.

    Statutory Public Holidays

    There are seven statutory holidays in China: New Year's Day, Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Day and National Day.

    Workers will be given 3 times' salary for the work during the statutory holiday time. Except the Spring Festival and the National Day, the others are allowed to have one day off. As most of them can be combined with the neighboring weekend, Chinese people usually enjoy three days for these holidays. Fort the Spring Festival and National Day, the legal days are three. By combining two weekends with them, people can enjoy seven days off for each of these two holidays. So, during those periods, you can see many Chinese people in scenic spots, shopping malls, railway stations, airports and everywhere.


    Following are the calendar of Chinese legal holidays with the dates and holiday durations for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

    Calendar for Chinese Statutory Public Holidays
    Holidays Date Legal Holiday Days 2016 Date with Holiday Durations 2017 Date with Holiday Durations 2018 Date with Holiday Durations
    New Year's Day Jan. 1 1 day Jan. 1 - 3 off Dec. 31, 2016 -
    Jan. 2, 2017 off
    Jan. 1 - 3 off
    Spring Festival Jan. 1 (Chinese Lunar Calendar) 3 days Feb. 8
    (Feb. 8 - 14 off)
    Jan. 28
    (Jan. 27 - Feb. 2 off)
    Feb. 16
    (Feb. 15 - 21 off)
    Qingming Apr. 4 or 5 1 day Apr. 4
    (Apr. 2 - 4 off)
    Apr. 4
    (Apr. 2 - 4 off)
    Apr. 5
    (Apr. 5 - 7 off)
    May Day May 1 1 day Apr. 30 - May 2 off Apr. 29 - May 1 off Apr. 29 - May 1 off
    Dragon Boat 5th of 5th
    (Chinese Lunar Calendar)
    1 day Jun. 9
    (Jun. 9 - 11 off)
    May 30
    (May 28 - 30 off)
    June 18
    (June 16 - 18 off)
    Mid-Autumn Day Aug. 15 (Chinese Lunar Calendar) 1 day Sep. 15
    (Sep. 15 - 17 off)
    Oct. 4 off Sep. 24
    (Sep. 22 - 24 off)
    National Day Oct. 1 3 days
    (Oct. 1 - 3)
    Oct. 1 - 7 off Oct. 1 - 8 off Sep. 30 - Oct. 6 off

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