Chinese festivals, holidays and celebrations

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Festivals have always been important in China, with Chinese New Year probably the most important. This festival begins on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar and special food, clothes, decorations and gifts are bought for good luck. This celebration ends on the 15th day of the month, which is then the Lantern Festival. Lanterns are strung, puzzles and riddles on the lanterns are solved and families have reunions so that they can all be happy together throughout the year.

Throughout the year the Chinese also celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (usually in June), a sailing festival in remembrance of a poet, the Mid-Autumn or Moon Festival which is a harvest festival and family reunion in September and the Hungry Ghosts Festival (usually August or September) when people believe that the spirits of dead relatives can visit them.

The National Day of the People’s Republic of China is celebrated on October 1 and is usually marked with events like music concerts and fireworks.

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