Holidays & Observances in China
China is a large Eastern Asian country. It contains about 19% of the total world population and is the third largest country in terms of area. Religiously China is very diverse, with a significant number of Taoists, Confucianists, Buddhists, Christians, and Muslims. However, the government discourages religious practices and many of the Chinese people do not identify themselves as religious at all, so there are not many widespread religious celebrations across the country. Holidays that are celebrated are deeply rooted in tradition. The most famous of these is the Chinese New Year, which is celebrated by Chinese immigrants all over the world, but is most enthusiastic in China itself. Celebrations typically last for a few weeks and include many traditions thought to bring good fortune to the people. This is a time to be with family and friends and usher in a great New Year.