Many Chinese festivals are based on the lunar calendar rather than on western dates and so the dates fall differently every year."
Two thousand years ago the Chinese sacrificed animals and performed ceremonies to cajole the gods into mercy by bringing good weather and good harvests. Nowadays the sacrifices have been replaced by exuberant displays of colourful folk traditions and the most significant of these are detailed here – and if you are in China during the Spring Festival which is the Chinese New Year, or the Mid-Autumn Festival you will certainly see people enjoying their traditional activities! These are the ones which take place according to the lunar calendar rather than the western Gregorian calendar. In addition to the ones listed here, there are other public holidays worth noting and these take place on the same date every year – May Day for example which heralds ‘Golden Week’ when many workers take a few days holiday to return home (travelling around China is very crowded and is probably best avoided if possible), and National Day on the 1st October typically preceeds another few days’ holiday. Other celebrations which bring half-day holidays to those named are Women’s Day on 8th March, Youth Day on 4th May, Children’s Day on 1st June and Army Day on 1st August.