Traditional Chinese Festivals for Kids
Traditional Chinese Festivals are the life-blood of Chinese life and culture. It seems there is always some kind of celebration to look forward to! Chinese celebrations are all rich in tradition, history, great food, dazzling lights and flashy decorations!
Chinese festivals are based in the lunar calendar so the exact dates will vary from year to year in our Western Calendar.
By far, the largest and most important festival is the Spring Festival when Chinese New Year is celebrated. But there are also many others just as lively and colorful that all Chinese kids love and enjoy:
Needless to say, travel during the major public holidays, specially the "Golden Weeks" of the Spring Festival and National Day in October, is a bit more challenging as facilities and transportation will be flooded by local tourists.
In addition to the many festivals which are celebrated throughout China, there are also many local Chinese festivities that are unique to specific areas and are full of the local folklore and myths.
During a trip to Hong Kong, we were lucky to be around the time of the Festival of the Bun Hills, which takes place in the island of Cheung Chau, just a ferry ride accross.
It is a very colorful event on the eight day of the fourth moon, or around May. The Cheung Chau Bun Festival is one of the most popular celebrations
in Hong Kong, a week-long feast full of parades, fireworks and the wacky bun grabbing competition and bun towers that characterize this
colorful event. Visit our sister site Hong Kong Traveller to learn more about the Bun Festival.
And let's not forget about the hundreds of ways Chinese Festivals are celebrated all over the world.
Take a look at this Chinese New Year Celebration in Malaysia in the little town of Kuala Kurau, where old traditions and ancient rituals are very much alive and being carried out by the older generations as well as the younger ones, making sure the folklore and heart of the celebrations are being passed on.
And likewise in many places around the world everywhere there is a Chinese community, you can observe the many colorful celebrations, from Dragon Parades to Lion Dances and
of course, the feasts and banquets!
Here's more ways people are celebrating colorful Chinese Festivals all over the world, share how you celebrate too!
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