Last day of lunar year
Chinese New Year Eve
1st day of 1st lunar month
Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
新年(xīnnián), 農曆新年, 春節, 春节,大年初一
More fireworks after midnight, visit family members.
15th day of 1st lunar month
Lantern parade and lion dance celebrating the first full moon. Eating tangyuan. This day is also the last day of new year celebration.
2nd day of 2nd lunar month
Zhonghe Festival (Zhong He Jie), Blue Dragon Festival
中和節(zhōnghéjié)/中和节, 青龍節 (qinglong jie)//青龙节
Eat Chinese pancakes (Chun bing, 春餅) and noodles, clean the house. Also known as Dragon Raising its Head
3rd day of 3rd lunar month
Shangsi Festival (Shang Si Jie)
Traditional Chinese Women’s Day, also known as 婦女節(fùnǚjié)
Visit, clean, and make offerings at ancestral gravesites, spring outing
5th day of 5th lunar month
7th day of 7th lunar month
The Night of Sevens /Magpie Festival/ Qi Xi
According to legend, the goddess “Zhi Nü” (the star Vega) fell in love with the farmer boy “Niu Lang” (the star Altair), but was disapproved by the her mother goddess. As punishment, they were separated by the Milky Way and could only meet once a year on this night.
15th day of 7th lunar month
Spirit Festival (Ghost Festival)
Burn fake paper money and make offerings to ancestors and the dead to appease them, so they will not come and trouble the living.
15th day of 8th lunar month
Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival)
9th day of 9th lunar month
Autumn outing and mountain climbing, some Chinese also visit the graves of their ancestors to pay their respects.
15th day of the 10th lunar month
Spirit Festival/ Water Lantern Festival
Set flower shaped lanterns adrift in a stream or river at sundown, give offerings to deceased whose wandering spirits/ghosts may return at night to visit.
21st or 22nd of December
Winter Solstice Festival/Mid-Winter Festival
8th day of 12th lunar month
Laba Festival/Congee Festival
This is the day the Buddha attained enlightenment. People usually eat Laba congee, which is made of mixed grains and fruits.