1. Traditional Chinese Festivals
By: Nathan Corzatt
2. The Seven Traditional Festivals Spring Festival
Double Seventh Festival
Dragon Boat Festival
Winter Solstice Festival
3. Spring Festival Most Important Festival for the Chinese. More people return home for this festival that any other Chinese festival.
The spring festival falls on the 1st day of the first lunar month.
Originated on the Shang Dynasty to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.
4. Customs of Spring Festival Laba Porridge
Seeing in the New Year
Foods are more elegant for the Spring Festival than any other time of the year.
5. Lantern Festival Takes place during the 15th day of the 1st lunar month. (February- March)
Started by the Western Han Dynasty.
People will walk the streets admiring all the Lanterns that are hanging around the City.
Children will walk with Lanterns in their hands that they have either made or bought.
6. Customs of the Lantern Festival People eat Yuanxiao.
In the daytime of the Festival, performances such as a dragon lantern dance, a lion dance, a land boat dance, a yangge dance, walking on stilts and beating drums while dancing will be staged.
7. Qingming Festival The Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival is one of the 24 seasonal division points in China, falling on April 4-6 each year.
They pay tributes to there ancestors.
8. Customs of the QingMing Festival Sweep the tombs of the deceased.
This festival is both happy and sad.
9. Dragon Boat Festival Its been going on for more than 2000 years.
Takes place in June.
Commemoration of Qu Yuan (340-278 BC).
10. Customs of the Dragon Boat Festival Dragon boat racing.
11. Double Seventh Festival Takes place 7th day of the Seventh Lunar Month
Festival full of romance.
The legend is carried on with a story of two stars at opposite ends of the milky way.
Customs of the Double Seventh have weekend over the years but is still carried on in some rural areas.
12. Mid-Autumn Festival Falls on the 15th day of 8th lunar month. (October)
In Mid-Autumn they honor the moon.
People express there feelings.
13. Customs of the Mid- Autumn Festival Show longing for a more prosperous life.
Today people will enjoy the full moon and eat moon cakes on that day.
This day was chosen because of the fullness of the moon at this time.
14. Winter Solstice Festival Was started over 2500 years ago.
Takes place on December 22 or 23.
This is the shortest day light hours of any day of the year.
Good things will become stronger and stronger after this day.
People gather and eat food and celebrate that daylight hours are getting longer.
15. Conclusion These are the main festivals of the Chinese culture.
There are many others the are celebrated but many of there old traditions have been lost over the years.