Major Holidays and Festivals in China
|New Year||January 1st|
|Spring Festival (The Chinese New Year)||Normally in late January or early February|
|The International Women Day||March 8th|
|The Labor Day||May 1st|
|The Chinese Youths’ Day||May 4th|
|The International Children’s Day||June 1st|
|The Birthday of the CCP||July 1st|
|The Birthday of the People’s Liberation Army||August 1st|
|The National Day||October 1st|
|Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)||Date: The first day of the year in the lunar calendar. This is usually in late January or early February.Place: NationwideActivities: Fireworks display, visiting and greeting family and friends, Yang Ge dancing, lion and dragon dancing, temple fairs, and many other celebrations of Chinese folklore.|
|Lantern Festival||Date: 15th of the first lunar monthPlace: NationwideActivities: Lantern expositions, garden parties, fireworks displays, and folk dances|
|Qingming (Pure Brightness) Festival||Date: 12th of the 3rd lunar month, usually around April 4th or 5th.Place: NationwideActivities: Cleaning ancestors’ graves, holding memorial ceremonies, the making of offerings to pay respects to the dead, a spring family outing, and flying kites. Offerings to the dead, which include the burning of ceremonial paper money, are both to honor ancestors and to pray for a year of good luck|
|Dragon Boat Festival||Date: 5th day of the 5th lunar monthPlace: NationwideActivities: Dragon Boat races and eating of Zongzi (pyramid-shaped rice wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves).|
|Mid-Autumn Festival (the Moon Festival)||Date: 15th day of the 8th lunar month.Place: NationwideActivities: Dragon boat racing, enjoying the moonlight, and eating moon cakes|
Weights and Measures
Both the local and international standards for weights and measures are used in China. Below is a conversion chart between the metric system, the Chinese system and the imperial system:
Unit of Weight
|Hectare||Sq meter||Mu||Acre||Sq yard||Sq feet|
Measure of Capacity
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