The largest of all the traditional festivals is Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival. The most important celebration of the year, this festival marks the beginning of the new year and spring. The festival falls on the first day of the first month of the lunar year. Festivities last two weeks and the eve of New Year is usually spent with family.
In April, the Qingming Festival, also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, takes place. This festival marks the beginning of spring and is a day when families tend to the graves of deceased family members and honour their ancestors. Graves and tombstones are cleaned and food is laid out in front of the graves and family members take turns lighting joss sticks.
April is also when the Sister's Meal Festival of the Miao people takes place in south-west China. Celebrating spring and love, young women are clad from head to toe in beautiful, ornate silver jewellery to attract their future husbands. Bull-fighting and horse-racing are common activities during this festival.
Another popular festival is the harvest festival of Mid Autumn, or the Mooncake Festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Celebrating the beauty of the moon, people eat small, round cakes made of lotus seed paste and a round egg yolk inside symbolises the harmony and beauty of the moon.
|Chinese Festivals in 2013/2014|
|Sister's Meal Festival 2013||24-26 April 2013|
|Dragon Boat Festival 2013||12 June 2013|
|Hungry Ghost Festival 2013||20 August 2013|
|Mooncake Festival 2013||19 September 2013|
|Double Ninth Festival 2013||13 October 2013|
|Winter Solstice Festival 2013||21 December 2013|
|Chinese New Year 2014||31 January 2014|
|Lantern Festival 2014||14 February 2014|
|Qingming Festival 2013||5 April 2014|