Holidays & Observances in China
China is a large Eastern Asian country. It contains nearly 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. The Chinese Communist Party officially recognizes 5 religions: Buddhism, Catholicism, Daoism (Taoism), Islam, and Protestantism. 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.
The religious holidays listed here are based on any and all holidays that exist and may be observed in China as well as festivals and other non-official holidays and celebrations.
|Holiday Date||Country Holiday||Observance Type||Religion/Belief|
|Army Day||Noteworthy & Common|
|Qixi Festival||Popular & Widely Observed|
|Mid-Autumn Festival||Public, Religious/Beliefs||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism|
|National Day China||Public|
|National Day of China||Public, National|
|Christmas||Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Christianity|
|New Year's Day||Popular & Widely Observed|
|Chinese New Year||Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism, Confucianism|
|Chinese Spring Festival||Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism|
|Lantern Festival||Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism|
|International Women's Day||Popular & Widely Observed|
|Arbor Day - China||Noteworthy & Common|
|Qing Ming Jie||Public|
|Labour Day / May Day||Public, Popular & Widely Observed|
|Dragon Boat Festival||Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed||Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism|