Tag Archive: traditional chinese festivals

Mooncakes!

Tomorrow is the Mid-Autumn Festival! This is one of the traditional Chinese festivities that have become more important in recent years since it was appointed as a national holiday in 2008. A few… Continue reading

The Laba Festival

Happy new year and happy Laba festival! Yes, today January 2nd it’s a traditional Chinese festivity called Laba (腊八节). Laba means the 8th (ba) day of the 12th month (which in the Chinese… Continue reading

The Dragon Boat Festival

Tomorrow is the Dragon Boat Festival, one of China’s traditional festivities that started being an official holiday a few years ago. So tomorrow we don’t work! Yay! This holiday has several traditions, the… Continue reading

Summer starts today!

Did you know that, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, summer starts today? Yes! Today is 立夏 lixia, the beginning of summer and one of the 24 solar terms in which the ancient… Continue reading

The Lantern Festival

Yesterday it was the Lantern Festival or 元宵节 yuanxiaojie. This festivity marks the official end of the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival and it is celebrated with fireworks and lantern displays. It is… Continue reading

Chinese Valentine’s Day

Today it is the Qixi Festival, also known as Chinese Valentine’s Day. This festival is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th month in the lunar calendar and this year that happens… Continue reading

Duanwu Festival

Yesterday it was the Duanwu Festival. Duanwu is a traditional holiday in which people eat zongzi (glutionous rice wrapped in a leaf) and watch the dragon boat races. Why do they do this? Because a long… Continue reading

Visiting Lingyan Mountain Temple during the Ghost Festival

On Sunday it was not too hot so we decided to visit a temple on the outskirts of Suzhou: 灵岩山寺 or Lingyan Mountain Temple. It is a Buddhist temple located on the top of… Continue reading