Upcoming Chinese Festivals

Chinese New Year's Eve

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 2011WednesdayFebruary 2, 2011Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2012SundayJanuary 22, 2012Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2013SaturdayFebruary 9, 2013Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2014ThursdayJanuary 30, 2014Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2015WednesdayFebruary 18, 2015Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2016SundayFebruary 7, 2016Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2017FridayJanuary 27, 2017Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2018ThursdayFebruary 15, 2018Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2019MondayFebruary 4, 2019Chinese New Year's Eve
Year 2020FridayJanuary 24, 2020Chinese New Year's Eve


Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)

Chinese New Year Firecrackers 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 2011ThursdayFebruary 3, 2011Chinese New Year Day
Year 2012MondayJanuary 23, 2012Chinese New Year Day
Year 2013SundayFebruary 10, 2013Chinese New Year Day
Year 2014FridayJanuary 31, 2014Chinese New Year Day
Year 2015ThursdayFebruary 19, 2015Chinese New Year Day
Year 2016MondayFebruary 8, 2016Chinese New Year Day
Year 2017SaturdayJanuary 28, 2017Chinese New Year Day
Year 2018FridayFebruary 16, 2018Chinese New Year Day
Year 2019TuesdayFebruary 5, 2019Chinese New Year Day
Year 2020SaturdayJanuary 25, 2020Chinese New Year Day


Chinese Lantern Festival

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 2011ThursdayFebruary 17, 2011Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2012MondayFebruary 6, 2012Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2013SundayFebruary 24, 2013Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2014FridayFebruary 14, 2014Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2015ThursdayMarch 5, 2015Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2016MondayFebruary 22, 2016Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2017SaturdayFebruary 11, 2017Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2018FridayMarch 2, 2018Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2019TuesdayMarch 19, 2019Chinese Lantern Festival
Year 2020SaturdayFebruary 8, 2020Chinese Lantern Festival


Chinese Qingming 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 2011TuesdayApril 5, 2011Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2012WednesdayApril 4, 2012Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2013TuesdayApril 4, 2013Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2014SaturdayApril 5, 2014Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2015SundayApril 5, 2015Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2016MondayApril 4, 2016Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2017TuesdayApril 4, 2017Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2018ThursdayApril 5, 2018Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2019FridayApril 5, 2019Chinese Qingming Festival
Year 2020SaturdayApril 4, 2020Chinese Qingming Festival


Chinese Dragon Boat 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 2011MondayJune 6, 2011Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2012SaturdayJune 23, 2012Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2013WednesdayJune 12, 2013Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2014MondayJune 2, 2014Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2015SaturdayJune 20, 2015Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2016ThursdayJune 9, 2016Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2017TuesdayMay 30, 2017Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2018MondayJune 18, 2018Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2019FridayJune 7, 2019Chinese Dragon Boat Festival
Year 2020ThursdayJune 25, 2020Chinese Dragon Boat Festival


Chinese Valentine's Day

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 2011SaturdayAugust 6, 2011Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2012ThursdayAugust 23, 2012Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2013TuesdayAugust 13, 2013Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2014SaturdayAugust 2, 2014Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2015ThursdayAugust 20, 2015Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2016TuesdayAugust 9, 2016Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2017MondayAugust 28, 2017Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2018FridayAugust 17, 2018Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2019WednesdayAugust 7, 2019Chinese Valentine's Day
Year 2020TuesdayAugust 25, 2020Chinese Valentine's Day


Chinese Mid Autumn Festival - Mooncake Festival

Chinese Mid Autumn Festival - Mooncake 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 2011MondaySeptember 12, 2011Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2012SundaySeptember 30, 2012Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2013ThursdaySeptember 19, 2013Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2014MondaySeptember 8, 2014Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2015SundaySeptember 27, 2015Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2016ThursdaySeptember 15, 2016Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2017WednesdayOctober 4, 2017Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2018MondaySeptember 24, 2018Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2019FridaySeptember 13, 2019Chinese Mid Autumn Festival
Year 2020ThursdayOctober 1, 2020Chinese Mid Autumn Festival


Chinese Double Ninth 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 2011WednesdayOctober 5, 2011Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2012TuesdayOctober 23, 2012Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2013SundayOctober 13, 2013Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2014ThursdayOctober 2, 2014Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2015WednesdayOctober 21, 2015Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2016SundayOctober 9, 2016Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2017SaturdayOctober 28, 2017Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2018WednesdayOctober 17, 2018Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2019MondayOctober 7, 2019Chinese Double Ninth Festival
Year 2020SundayOctober 25, 2020Chinese Double Ninth Festival


Chinese Laba Festival

Chinese Laba Congee or Porridge 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 2011SundayJanuary 1, 2012Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2012SaturdayJanuary 19, 2013Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2013WednesdayJanuary 8, 2014Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2014TuesdayJanuary 27, 2015Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2015SundayJanuary 17, 2016Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2016ThursdayJanuary 5, 2017Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2017WednesdayJanuary 24, 2018Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2018SundayJanuary 13, 2019Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2019ThursdayJanuary 2, 2020Chinese Laba Festival
Year 2020WednesdayJanuary 20, 2021Chinese Laba Festival