Chinese Celebrations


Chinese_lantern_night_sky_lijiang_yunnan_chinaMany Chinese holidays are associated with mythology and folklore and harvest celebrations. The dates are determined by the Chinese calendar with the exceptions of the Qing Ming and Winter Solstice days which are determined by the agricultural calendar.

Holidays include the Lantern Festival, The Blue Dragon Festival, The Dragon Boat Festival, The Ghost Festival, and the Double Ninth Festival. The most important Chinese celebration is the Chinese New Year.

Use the navigation area on the left to find articles about the holidays, crafts, recipes, and more.

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Zhonghe Festival

The Zhonghe Festival, also known as the Blue Dragon Festival, is held on the first day of the second month. It is a celebration of the waking of the dragon that brings rain. It was an official festival/holiday in the Tang and Song Dynasties. The Longtaitou Festival, also known as the Dragon-Raising-its-Head Festival, is held on the second day of [...]

Feast of Excited Insects

The Feast of Excited Insects, known as Ching Che, announces the arrival of spring. The insects awake from their winter hibernation on or close to March 5th. According to legend, the Lordly Dragon raises its head this day waking all the insects from their slumber. Offerings of millet meal and bean cake are laid under a [...]

Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival is the final celebration of the Chinese New Year. Also known as the Yuan Xiao Festival because it occurs on the first month of the lunar calendar. The first month is called is yuan, and long ago, the night in Mandarin was called xiao. The celebrations take place on the first full [...]

Drunken Chicken

2 tablespoons salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper 3 lbs. chicken parts 6 cups water 2 thin slices fresh ginger 5 green onions, sliced lengthwise 1-1/2 cups Shaoxing rice wine 2 teaspoon granulated sugar Combine salt and peppers. Rub all over chicken. Let stand 10 minutes. Meanwhile, bring 6 cups of [...]

Vegetable Fried Rice

4 small carrots, peeled and diced 1 cup broccoli florets, cut into small pieces 3 tablespoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 teaspoons minced, peeled fresh ginger 5 cups cold cooked rice 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 scallions, white and light green parts, chopped 1 12-oz. [...]


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