Culture - What major Festivals do the Chinese Celebrate?
In addition to the Spring Festival, Chinese people also celebrate the following festivals:
This falls on the 15th of the first lunar month, an occasion for eating yuanxiao, or sweet dumplings made of glutinous rice flour, hanging lanterns, visiting lantern shows, performing the Dragon Lantern and Drum Dances.
------Pure Brightness Festival
This day falls around April 5 of the western calendar, and it is named after the fifth solar term of the Chinese calendar. Activities include excursions and tomb sweeping.
------Dragon Boat Festival
Falling on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, this festival was set aside in memory of the great poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself over 2,000 years ago after the emperor refused to heed his advice. The main activity is Dragon Boat racing. In the countryside, people also carry incense pouches, drink wine and eat Zongzi (a pyramid-shaped dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves).
This festival is named because it falls on the ninth day of the ninth lunar month. The main feature is the chrysanthemum and admiring the flower and drinking chrysanthemum wine. A special cake is also served. In addition, many people go on excursions to admire nature.
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