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Other festivals

Christmas A lot of Chinese festivals have been celebrated for centuries commemorating the traditions of the country. The majority of holidays are related with the mythology and folklore of the people, which origin probably come from antique farmer rituals for celebrating harvests or offerings for gods. Recently, some Western and modern traditions (associated with the communist government) have added to the national festivals.

As well as major festivals, there can be found other holidays like:

Festival Remarks
Tiancang Festival (Granary Filling Day) Date: twentieth day of the first lunar month (February). Description: It is a rural holiday for a good harvest during the year.
Guanyin's Birthday Date: 19th day of the 2nd lunar month (March). Description: Guanyin, the Goddess of Mercy, is one of the most popular deities of the nation. Its festivity is celebrated especially in Taoist temples.
Buddha's birthday (Festival of Ten Thousand Buddhas) Date: 8th day of the 4th lunar month (April/May). Description: There are several Buddhist temples and shrines in China, particularly in the South. The religious followers pray for the washing away of sin and the attainment of intelligence and harmony.
Qi Qiao Jie Festival (Night of Sevens) Date: 7th night of the 7th lunar month (August). Description: It is a romantic Chinese festival, like Valentine's Day; an occasion to give emphasis to the joy and beauty of love, especially for one's beloved.
Ghost or Spirit Festival Date: 15th day of 7th lunar month (August/September). Description: This holiday is very similar to the Western Halloween. During the festival, the Chinese burn paper "money”, make offerings to ancestors and dead people, and pray for the perpetual rest of the spirits. Traditionally, Ghost Festival is considered a good time to move house, get married o travel.
Chongyang Festival (Double Ninth Festival) Date: the 9th day of the 9th lunar month (September/October). Description: It is a holiday for outdoor activities. A lot of people go hiking and climbing in the whole country. It is also a special day for elderly (the Chinese to give their respects to them) and for consuming spirits as a demonstration of male energy and strength.
Confucius’ birthday (Confucius Festival) Date: September 28. Description: There are celebrations with sophisticated ceremonies at each Confucian temple; especially in Qufu, at Shandong Province.
National Day of People's Republic of China Date: October 1. Description: There are numerous celebrations all over the country on that day, like the National Day Evening Performance, the National Day parade, the National Day fireworks show, and the National Flag raising ceremony; all of them with propagandistic programs on the media controlled by the communist government.
Winter Solstice Festival or Mid-Winter Festival Date: Around December 22. Description: It is an occasion for perform family gatherings and share a time with them. For this reason it is also known as Chinese Thanksgiving.
Christmas Date: December 25. Description: The religious event is commemorated by small Christian groups of China. However, it is usual that the Chinese, who mostly are not Christians, celebrate Christmas with parties in the principal cities as a result of the assimilation of foreign customs.


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