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There are lots of traditional Holidays and festivals in China. Beijingers cherish and enjoy them all to the fullest.

Spring Festival
Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the celebration of the beginning of the lunar new year. It usually occurs in late January or early to mid-February. Offices close for 3 days in addition to Saturday and Sunday. This festival is celebrated by Chinese people every-where in China and overseas. The main thing to do on Spring Festival is getting together with loved ones and make / eat jiaozi, Chinese dumplings. Red envelopes containing money are distributed to kids. If you are here during Spring Festival, it is worthwhile to spend the time with a Chinese friend’s family.

A paper-cutting of the Chinese character "good luck" on window glasses on streets in Beijing.  As the Chinese traditional Spring Festival draws near, happiness and good luck symbols can be seen everywhere in Beijing.  Attractive decorations for the upcoming Spring Festival are hung in a shopping centers in Beijing.

Lantern Festival

The Lantern Festival or Yuanxiao Jie, marks the end of the Spring Festival and falls on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar.  The festival is all about Chinese red lanterns. Some have poems and verse on them, while some have pictures. It is customary during the Lantern Festival for people to enjoy various kinds of lanterns and lots of outdoor fun. Eating yuanxiao or sweet dumplings is another custom. They have many flavors such as sugar, walnuts, sesame, peanuts, beans, chocolate or fruit.

 

International Labor Day

Initially the government setting “May Golden Week” (May 01-07) is to incite the travel business and consumption.  Chinese seize the opportunity to go on trips, see relatives or do shopping...

Mid-Autumn Festival

The Mid-Autumn falls exactly seven months from the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar. The moon's orbit is at its lowest angle on the horizon, making it appear brighter and larger than at other times.  At this time, the moon is full so the day is also known as the Moon Festival. The round shape of the moon represents reunion, and this day should be spent with the family. This was originally a harvest festival. Traditionally on this day people eat round “moon cakes”.  Moon cakes, which symbolize reunions, and which are made with many different fillings, are eaten to and salute the beauty of the moon in the company of family and friends.  Chinese characters on the cakes usually stand for longevity and harmony.

National Day

National Day, on Oct.01, is the most important national festival to memorize that People’s Republic of China was founded on the 1st Oct of 1949.  During the celebration, Beijing is elaborately decorated.  Streets are lined with flowers and colorful flags, red lanterns are hung on the gates of shops and official buildings.  The official reception and celebration are held in the Great Hall of the People.  A grand parade and elaborate fireworks display is held in Tian’an men Square every fifth of tenth year…Offices close from 1st to 3rd of Oct in addition to Saturday and Sunday.

New Year's Day

In addition to celebrating the lunar new year, Chinese people also observe the solar new year.  Offices usually get one or two days off at this time (Jan.01 / Jan.02).

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