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Top 5 biggest festivals in China


Today we are going to talk about the five
biggest festivals in China. Coming in on number five is the Qingming Festival. This festival is also known as Tomb-Sweeping
Day or Ancestor’s Day and is celebrated on the first day of the fifth solar term of
the traditional Chinese calendar which is around April. When celebrating, the Chinese go to visit
their ancestors’ graves to pray, sweep the tombs and offer food to show respect. This festival started some 2,000 years ago
when Duke Wen of Jin had a retainer named Jie Zitui. After being Duke Wen’s helper for a long
time, he resigned and went to live in a forest. Duke Wen wanted him to come back, but his
men couldn’t find him. They set fire to the forest, but instead of
coming out, Jie died there. After this, Duke Wen ordered his people to
honor Jie for three days every year in April. The fourth biggest festival is the Duanwujie
or Dragon Boat Festival which is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the fifth month
according to the lunar calendar. This means that the date changes every year,
but it is usually celebrated in June. There is a variety of stories about the origin
of the festival, but the most popular one goes like this; Qu Yuan was a high-ranking
official of the State of Chu during the Warring States Period. He advised the king, but because of jealous
ministers, he was dismissed and put into exile. When the Qin conquered Chu, Qu Yuan committed
suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth month. It is said that people sailed up and down
the river while playing their drums to scare away the evil spirits. Now, you can watch the dragon boat races every
year when the festival is celebrated. So if you love the Chinese dragon, this is
definitely the time you should consider coming to China! Yuanxiao Jie also known as Lantern Festival
is the third on the list. This is my personal favorite because of the
beautiful red lanterns. The festival marks the final day of the Chinese
New Year and is celebrated in February or March. During the festival, people will light lanterns. The lanterns can symbolize that you are letting
go of your old self and starting fresh. Just like when we jump down from the chair
on New Year’s Eve and start planning our new life. Number two on the list is the famous Mid-Autumn
Festival which is a harvest festival held on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar
calendar when the full moon is hanging in the sky. It often falls in September or October during
the harvest season when families can get together to give thanks for the harvest. Nowadays, to celebrate the festival, friends
and family get together and eat moon cakes while watching the full moon, so romantic! And now, finally, we have reached the biggest
one, which is the Chinese Spring Festival, also called Chunjie, which is celebrated every
year at the turn of the traditional Chinese calendar. At this time, Beijing is emptying out and
the trains are packed with people heading home to see family. Chinese people bring presents and red envelopes,
also called Hongbao, with money inside to give to their loved ones. People will decorate their doors with red
paper-cuts wishing their family good fortune and happiness and families will eat together
and light firecrackers. The Year of the Rooster has just begun so
let’s get ready to achieve our goals set for this year! There you have it. The five biggest Chinese festivals. I hope you have written down the dates so
you can participate in the amazing celebrations next time you’re in China or nearby Chinese
friends. Thank you for watching and please remember
to like, comment and share this video. We would love to hear from you.

Stephen Childs

8 Comments

  1. Very amazing explanation, amazing lady. Whats her name? Am sure am ready for next week's exam now. Thanks so….

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