Chinese FestivalsThat Leave You Best Food, Much Excitement and In-depth Experience of Local Culture
China has exceptionally rich and varied cultural heritages that are showcased in a wide spectrum of festivals. Most of the traditional Chinese festivals that has been celebrates for over 1000 years unveils the history and fantasy of this mysterious Oriental country.
Whether you call China home or are just traveling around, going to Chinese festivals is a definitely one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Chinese culture. Surprisingly, there are hundreds of spectacular traditional Chinese festivals that celebrate in different areas of the country throughout a year. These festivals are epic events and celebrate everything from religion, gods, music, dance, food, kites and fire, to happiness, love and harvest.
Ancient China Festivals
Here are the greatest and most celebrated traditional festivals in China, including the top four ancient China festivals: Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Qingming Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, which have their origin in traditional Chinese culture, and even have a profound effect on other Eastern Asian countries through history.
Ethnic Minority Festivals in China
Something very typical in China are ethnic festivals. China has so many ethnic minority festivals. Each of the 56 minority groups have their own festivals, to celebrate the New Year, harvest, religion, food, and family. The best part, the people are all dressed up, with exaggerated traditional outfits.
- "Daohuo" rite performed by a group of men is the most important activity of Knife-ladder-climbing festival, and reappears the life history and the arduous spirit of Lisu people in mountainous regions in ancient times.
- Initially, the festival featured a rich atmosphere of religious activities, and later became a big commodity fair, when the merchants from Sichuan, Tibet and regions south of the Yangtze River did business in the March Street.
- The major traditional Mongolian holiday, Naadam festival stands for "game" or "entertainment", and celebrates harvest. The herdsman builds the yurts, selects the strong flocks and herds, makes the milk wine, and decorates with colorful flags.
- Yi people living in Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan celebrate this traditional festival and "Oriental valentine's day" on June 24th or 25th. The grand carnival lasts for three days, and all the beautiful girls and boys in traditional clothes participate in.
Experience Chinese Culture with China Festival Tours
With so many festivals in China, delve into Chinese culture with a tailor-made festival tour and adventures. Easy Tour China offers guided itineraries for you to explore some of the oldest and most unique festivals in the world. Enjoy various special celebrations, foods, and different community or ethnic stories.
14-day Guizhou Lunar New Year Festival Tour
Featured activities: minority clothing and singing, Fire-dragon Festival, Lusheng music, family homestay
6-day Guizhou Miao Ethnic Sisters' Meal Festival Tour
Featured activities: Long Skirt Miao clothing, batiks, foods, and Miao’s Valentine's Day
More Festivals in China
Harbin Ice Festival
Or named Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival, it is one of the four ice festivals in the world. The festival is held in Harbin on Jan 5 annually, and lasts for one month. Featured activities include firework show, winter swimming competition, ice hockey match, snowfield football match, alpine skiing invitational competition, ice carving competition, ice and Snow Photography Exhibition, ice wedding, etc.
China Shopping Festival
The shopping festivals in China mainly include 618 Shopping Festival on June 18, Double 11 Shopping Festival on November 11, and Double 12 Shopping Festival on December 12. During the festival time, the major e-commerce websites like Taobao, Jingdong will run crazy promotional campaigns.
Hanfu Festival China
The Hanfu Festival is also known as Shangsi Festival and held on the third day of the third lunar month every year. According to legend, this is the birthday of Yellow Emperor, the first ancestor of the Chinese nation. Based on "The historical records”, hanfu was made by the Yellow Emperor. In order to commemorate the Yellow Emperor, this day was designated as Hanfu Day. The festival activities mainly focus on hanfu dressing and learning traditional Han rites.
China Dog Festival (Dog Meal Festival)
It is quite a controversial festival in China.
According to legend, it was originated in the late Yuan and early Ming Dynasty. When Zhu Yuanzhang's general Hu Dahai trooped Wuzhou city, several nights of raids but failed, Hu was very worried. After probing, it was found that there were a lot of dogs in the Ganxi area of the camp. As soon as the army moved, dogs' barking warned the defenders. The defenders were then well prepared and the siege became difficult.
So Hu Dahai gave an order to kill all the dogs, and Wuzhou city was destroyed at one stroke that night. Then the Ming army had a dog meat feast in Ganxi. Since then, Ganxi Dog Festival become famous.
There is also another dog festival in Yulin, Guangxi.
However, both Ganxi and Yulin dog festivals have been opposed by animal protection societies and humane associations home and broad.