Cultures are the way of life of a particular group of people, it’s not just a way of life, and it’s also one of the ways of bringing people together to foster peace, unity alongside progress. To maintain culture, various events were initiated; together these programs are called festivals. Festivals are done virtually in every continent; some are celebrated once a year, while others may be more than once. They serve as reminder or marking of notable events. Globally, China remains one of the best tourism sites today, with colorful festivals and environment, many ways exist that you can be entertained. Due to their rich cultural history, several programs were passed down the generation. Now, she continue to be arguably the most festive nation globally, a reputation which they continue to live by and maintain, despite the recent challenges they’ve faced.
China has several traditional festivals, witnessing them can help you truly understand the country and its rich heritage. The festival include: the Chinese New Year, Lantern Festival, Qingming, Dragon Boat, Double Seventh day, Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, 24 solar terms, Winter Solstice, Double Ninth Festival and Hungry Ghost festival. Those mentioned can be considered as the major ones out of a host of many others. First event of the year is the spring festival, it’s usually celebrated within 15 days, and it is marked by various activities like Dragon dances, firecrackers to mention a few. Chinese people still pay respects to their dead, hence, a day is dedicated to acknowledge this, and it is called the Qingming festival. People would go with flowers and materials to clean the grave, honoring the dead.
Celebrating every first day of a Chinese New Year also means that the last day will not be forgotten. Latern Festival is reserved to mark the last day, it’s a popular one because, million come out to light the air with billions of lanterns. More recently, technological tools are used to create wonderful effects in the skies. Another interesting celebration is that of love, every seventh day of every seventh month, Chinese mark the Double Seventh Day, this can be compared with Valentine’s Day. While festivals are purely to celebrate, some traditional festivals play important roles in agriculture. The 24 solar terms festival serves as a guide to Chinese farmers in their farming activities, farmers would split the year into 24 parts to achieve this.
Solstice is usually marked in the country, with festivals like: Winter and Summer solstice. For winter, usually a day selected between December 21 to 23rd, they make it a tradition to eat dumplings in celebration. In marking the Summer solstice, activities like eating noodles, worshiping the earth and eating all kinds of soup is largely done. Climbing of mountains has never been more holistic than on the Double Ninth festival in China, popularly known as the Chongyang festival. Events here largely include mountain climbing, alongside enjoying a type of plant called Chrysanthemum.
Festivals are important programs that can serve as reminders to a wonderful history, they are enjoyed in most places globally, China is no different.