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Traditional Chinese Festivals By Jia Liping. the Spring Festival 春节 the Lantern Festival 元宵节（灯节 ) the Qing Ming Festival 清明节 the Dragon-Boat Festival 端午节 the Double Seventh Festival 七夕
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Traditional Chinese Festivals By Jia Liping
the Spring Festival 春节 the Lantern Festival 元宵节（灯节) the Qing Ming Festival 清明节 the Dragon-Boat Festival 端午节 the Double Seventh Festival 七夕 the Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 the Double Ninth Festival 重阳节
The Chinese Festivals occur throughout the Lunar year, so the festivals fall on different dates each year and are often connected with ancient astronomy, calendars and mathematics • Traditional Chinese festivals compose an important and brilliant part of Chinese culture. • Festival activities always reflect primitive sacrifice, superstitious taboo and earthly life, people's spirit and religious influence.
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) ---1st day of 1st lunar month Activities:Fireworks display, visiting and greeting family and friends, Yangge dancing, lion and dragon dancing, temple fairs, and many other celebrations of Chinese folklore.
door gods Spring Festival couplets reversed fu "fu comes" Burning fireworks red lanterns Red paper-cuttings
Lantern Festival--- the 15th day of 1st lunar month Activities: Lantern expositions, garden parties, guessing lantern riddles,fireworks displays, folk dances • Every family eats yuanxiao (a kind of rice ball stuffed with beans, sugar, and other sweets), which is a symbol of family reunion, unity, affection, and happiness.
Qing Ming Festival (Tomb Sweeping Day)--- 5th of third lunar month • The Qing Ming festival is known as "Remembrance of Ancestors Day". This day is devoted to honouring relatives who died. Thousands of Chinese visit cemeteries to clean the graves of their loved ones. The Chinese hold great respect for their ancestors and the young are taught to pray to, and for, the family spirits. Young people accompany their parents to the gravesite and help in the cleaning process.
Activities: Cleaning ancestors' graves, holding memorial ceremonies, the making of offerings to pay respects to the dead, a spring family outing, and flying kites. Offerings to the dead, which include the burning of ceremonial paper money, are both to honor ancestors and to pray for a year of good luck. • The "willow" is regarded as the symbol of light and enemy of darkness in Chinese culture. On Qing Ming, willow twigs and branches are hung in doorways to ward off the evil spirits. It is believed that if you don't hang the willow, you will appear as yellow dog in your next life! • The Qingming Festival is not only a seasonal point to guide farm work, it is more a festival of commemoration.
Dragon-Boat Festival---5th day of 5th lunar month Activities: Dragon Boat races and eating of zongzi (pyramid-shaped rice wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves). The day is set aside to honour the death of Qu Yuan, the famous Chinese poet and patriot.
Double Seventh Festival--- 7th day of 7th lunar month Cowherd Milky WayWeaver Maid romance
Mid-Autumn Festival--- 15th day of 8th lunar month Activities:Enjoying the moonlight, and eating moon cakes
Double Ninth Festival--- 9th day of 9th lunar month Seniors' Day Height Ascending Festival "Jiu Jiu" ---"forever" chrysanthemum blossom Double Ninth Cake