The most important Chinese holidays that we know are the Chinese New Year(春节) , the Lantern Festival(元宵节), the Dragon Boat Festival(端午节) , the Mid-Autumn Festival(国际假日) , the Dragon Boat Festival(端午节), Mid-Autumn Festival(中秋), the International Workers’ Festival(国际假日), the National Day(法定假日). Our families come from China, so we are going to share some festival traditions with you.
The Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in the country. The date of the holiday changes every year, but it is celebrated between January 21st and February 20th. Families get together for waxing and spring cleaning (春天), to get rid of the previous year’s dirt, and to wish each other luck. Our calendar is marked every year by an animal, because, according to an ancient legend, God chose 12 animals, one for each year, but the cat was excluded because it arrived late. The year 2022 will be the year of the tiger.
The Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated between the end of May and the beginning of June, and outdoor activities are organized along the Yangtze River in southern China, where the Dragon Boat races are one of the most important customs of the festival. The traditional dish is called Zhong zi, rice rolls, stuffed in various ways, sweet or savoury.
Our drawing shows a sky lantern. You can see many of them during the Chinese Lantern Festival.
The Children’s Festival was the one we liked the most when we were children. It is celebrated on the first of June when children up to the age of 14 receive gifts from their parents, and schools organize entertainment activities such as films and shows.