China holiday dates–Two calendars “work together”
China holiday dates are created according two calendars, both lunar calendar and Gregorian calendar. Traditonal holidays festivals celebration are based on lunar calendar. Pubilc holidays may not have fixed dates each year according to Gregorian calendar.
Seven main holidays
There are 7 main holidays in a year, including New Year’s Day, Spring Festival (Chinese new year), Weeping graveyard Festival (Qingming Festival), May Day, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day. Public Holiday Calendar below gives detailed information of 2012 China holidays dates.
1: New year’s day
Dec. 30, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013.
2: Spring Festival
Feb. 10, 2013. The holiday is from Feb. 9 to 15, 2013. Known as Chinese New Year. The holiday was officially lengthened from 3 days to 7 days by NDRC(National Development and Reform Commisson). This is definitely the highlight of the year taking place on the first day of the first lunar month. Spring Festival is a peak travel season. Almost a quarter of a billion people is on the move during that period. Railway station/ bus station could be overcrowded due to ”’mass migration’. The good thing is major attractions in the city would have less visitors so touring Beijing could be much easier to some degree though it can be bitterly cold.
3: Qingming Festival
Apr. 4, 2013. The holiday is from Apr. 4 to 6, 2013. A day for worshiping departed relatives, ancestors. Burning paper money / ghost money and placing flowers on tombs are common practices.
4: Labor Day:
5: Dragon Boat Festival
Jun. 12, 2013.
6: Mid-Autumn Festival
Sep. 19, 2013. The holiday is from Sep. 19 to 21, 2013. Known as Moon Festival taking place on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month. Eating moon cakes and gazing at the full moon together with relatives symbolize family reunions.
7: National Day
Oct. 1 – 7, 2013