Upcoming Chinese Festivals
Chinese New Year's Eve
The last day of the lunar year is the Chinese New Year's Eve (Chinese: 除夕, 年三十)
to worship ancestors and have family reunion dinner.
The origin of the Chinese New Year's Eve can be traced back thousands of years,
involving a series of colorful legends and traditions.
One of the most famous legends is Nian, an extremely cruel and ferocious beast
that the ancients believed would devour people on New Year's Eve.
To keep Nian away, red-paper couplets are pasted on doors, torches are lit,
and firecrackers are set off throughout the night,
because Nian is said to fear the color red, the light of fire, and loud noises.
The Chinese New Year's Eve falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Wednesday||February 2, 2011||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2012||Sunday||January 22, 2012||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2013||Saturday||February 9, 2013||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2014||Thursday||January 30, 2014||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2015||Wednesday||February 18, 2015||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2016||Sunday||February 7, 2016||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2017||Friday||January 27, 2017||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2018||Thursday||February 15, 2018||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2019||Monday||February 4, 2019||Chinese New Year's Eve|
|Year 2020||Friday||January 24, 2020||Chinese New Year's Eve|
Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)
Chinese New Year (Chinese: 春节, 春節), also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important
of the traditional Chinese holidays. It consists of a period of celebrations, starting on New Year's Day,
celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar. The Chinese New Year period ends
with the Lantern Festival, the fifteenth day of the month.
The Chinese New Year Day falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Thursday||February 3, 2011||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2012||Monday||January 23, 2012||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2013||Sunday||February 10, 2013||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2014||Friday||January 31, 2014||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2015||Thursday||February 19, 2015||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2016||Monday||February 8, 2016||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2017||Saturday||January 28, 2017||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2018||Friday||February 16, 2018||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2019||Tuesday||February 5, 2019||Chinese New Year Day|
|Year 2020||Saturday||January 25, 2020||Chinese New Year Day|
Chinese Lantern Festival
The 15th day of the 1st lunar month is the Chinese Lantern Festival (Chinese: 元宵节, 元宵節) because the first lunar month is called yuan-month and in
the ancient times people called night Xiao. The 15th day is the first night to see a full moon. So the day is also called
Yuan Xiao Festival in China.According to the Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright
full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time,
people will try to solve the puzzles on the lanterns and eat yuanxiao (glutinous rice ball) and get all their families united
in the joyful atmosphere.
The Chinese Lantern Festival falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Thursday||February 17, 2011||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2012||Monday||February 6, 2012||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2013||Sunday||February 24, 2013||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2014||Friday||February 14, 2014||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2015||Thursday||March 5, 2015||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2016||Monday||February 22, 2016||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2017||Saturday||February 11, 2017||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2018||Friday||March 2, 2018||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2019||Tuesday||March 19, 2019||Chinese Lantern Festival|
|Year 2020||Saturday||February 8, 2020||Chinese Lantern Festival|
Chinese Qingming Festival
The 1st day of the 5th solar term is the Qingming (Chinese: 清明节, 清明節) for people to go outside
and enjoy the greenery of springtime and to tend to the graves of departed ones.
Qingming Festival is the 15th day after the Spring Equinox occurring around
April 5 of the Gregorian calendar.
The Qingming Festival is commonly translated as the Clear Bright Festival or the Tomb Sweeping Day.
The Chinese Qingming Festival falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Tuesday||April 5, 2011||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2012||Wednesday||April 4, 2012||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2013||Tuesday||April 4, 2013||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2014||Saturday||April 5, 2014||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2015||Sunday||April 5, 2015||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2016||Monday||April 4, 2016||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2017||Tuesday||April 4, 2017||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2018||Thursday||April 5, 2018||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2019||Friday||April 5, 2019||Chinese Qingming Festival|
|Year 2020||Saturday||April 4, 2020||Chinese Qingming Festival|
Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival (Chinese: 端午节, 端午節) is celebrated on the fifth day of fifth moon. The proper name for this festival is
the Upright Sun Festival , but foreigners in China referred to it as the Dragon-Boat Festival.
The Fifth Moon Festival was also noted for its dragon-boat races, especially in the southern provinces, where there are many
rivers and lakes. This regatta commemorated the death of Qu Yuan an honest minister who is said to have committed suicide by
drowning himself in a river.
The Chinese Dragon Boat Festival falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Monday||June 6, 2011||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2012||Saturday||June 23, 2012||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2013||Wednesday||June 12, 2013||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2014||Monday||June 2, 2014||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2015||Saturday||June 20, 2015||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2016||Thursday||June 9, 2016||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2017||Tuesday||May 30, 2017||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2018||Monday||June 18, 2018||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2019||Friday||June 7, 2019||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
|Year 2020||Thursday||June 25, 2020||Chinese Dragon Boat Festival|
Chinese Valentine's Day
The Chinese Valentine's Day (Chinese: 织女节, 織女節) is on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in the Chinese calendar.
Raise your head in evening on this day and gaze at the stars, you will find something romantic
going on in the sky.
That is, on this evening, Niu Lang and Zhi Nu will meet on a bridge of magpies across the Milky Way.
Chinese grannies will remind children that they would not be able to see any magpies on that evening
because all the magpies have left to form a bridge in the heavens with their wings.
The Chinese Valentine's Day falls on the following dates in the Western calendar - mark on your calendar:
|Year 2011||Saturday||August 6, 2011||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2012||Thursday||August 23, 2012||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2013||Tuesday||August 13, 2013||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2014||Saturday||August 2, 2014||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2015||Thursday||August 20, 2015||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2016||Tuesday||August 9, 2016||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2017||Monday||August 28, 2017||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2018||Friday||August 17, 2018||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2019||Wednesday||August 7, 2019||Chinese Valentine's Day|
|Year 2020||Tuesday||August 25, 2020||Chinese Valentine's Day|
Chinese Mid Autumn Festival - Mooncake Festival
The Mid Autumn Festival (Chinese: 中秋节, 中秋節) is also called Mooncake Festival. It falls
on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. It is an occasion for family members
to get together over mooncakes, fruits and fine tea and have "moon appreciation" sessions.
With its association with mooncakes and lanterns, Zhong Qiu Jie is also called Mooncake Festival or
Lantern Festival other then Mid-Autumn Festival.
The Mid Autumn Festival falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Monday||September 12, 2011||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2012||Sunday||September 30, 2012||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2013||Thursday||September 19, 2013||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2014||Monday||September 8, 2014||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2015||Sunday||September 27, 2015||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2016||Thursday||September 15, 2016||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2017||Wednesday||October 4, 2017||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2018||Monday||September 24, 2018||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2019||Friday||September 13, 2019||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
|Year 2020||Thursday||October 1, 2020||Chinese Mid Autumn Festival|
Chinese Double Ninth Festival
The ninth day of the ninth month in the Chinese lunar calendar is the Chinese Double Ninth Festival (重阳节).
According to the I Ching, nine 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 dangerous date.
Hence, the day is also called "Double Yang Festival". To protect against danger, it is customary
to climb a high mountain, drink chrysanthemum wine, and wear cornus officinalis.
Both chrysanthemum and cornus officinalis are considered to have cleansing qualities.
The Chinese Double Ninth Festival falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Wednesday||October 5, 2011||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2012||Tuesday||October 23, 2012||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2013||Sunday||October 13, 2013||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2014||Thursday||October 2, 2014||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2015||Wednesday||October 21, 2015||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2016||Sunday||October 9, 2016||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2017||Saturday||October 28, 2017||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2018||Wednesday||October 17, 2018||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2019||Monday||October 7, 2019||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
|Year 2020||Sunday||October 25, 2020||Chinese Double Ninth Festival|
Chinese Laba Festival
The 8th day of the 12th lunar month is the Laba Festival (Chinese: 腊八节, 臘八節).
The 12th lunar month is the last of month of the year and time for sending out the old year and preparing for the new year.
So ancient Chinese people performs large ceremonies to report to their ancestors of their harvest of the past year.
The Chinese Laba Festival falls on the following dates in the Gregorian calendar:
|Year 2011||Sunday||January 1, 2012||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2012||Saturday||January 19, 2013||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2013||Wednesday||January 8, 2014||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2014||Tuesday||January 27, 2015||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2015||Sunday||January 17, 2016||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2016||Thursday||January 5, 2017||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2017||Wednesday||January 24, 2018||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2018||Sunday||January 13, 2019||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2019||Thursday||January 2, 2020||Chinese Laba Festival|
|Year 2020||Wednesday||January 20, 2021||Chinese Laba Festival|