Spring Festival is the New Year on the lunar calendar, and is the most important holiday in Chinese culture. Around......
China's "Valentine's Day" is celebrated on the seventh day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, and is nicknamed the "Double Seven Festival". This holiday is related to the story of the Cowherd and the Weaving Girl. The Weaving Girl is a fairy from the heavens who has the opportunity to enter the earthly realm, meets a kind, hardworking cowherd, and marries him. When the Queen Mother of the West finds out, she captures the Weaving Girl, and takes her back to the heavens. The Cowherd chases after them, and when he almost catches up with his beloved Weaving Girl, the Queen Mother of the West takes the golden hairpin out of her hair, and slices it through the sky, creating a crevice in between the Cowherd and Weaving Girl, keeping them apart. At this point, a huge flock of pidgeons fly over, and use their bodies to form a bridge, allowing the Cowherd and Weaving Girl to walk across, and meet. Eventually, the Queen Mother of the West allows the lovers to meet each year on the seventh day of the seventh month, on the bridge of pidgeons.
The tenth day of the first month of the lunar calendar, is The Lantern Festival, the first major holiday after the Spring Festival, and a major holiday throughout the East Asian cultural sphere.The lantern festival has many names in Chinese, including yuán xiāo jié, shàng yuán jié, xiǎo zhèng yuè, yuán xī, and dēng jié. In the name "yuán xiāo jié", "yuán" refers to a full moon, and "xiāo means night. The Lantern Festival is the first full moon of the year. On the evening of the Lantern Festival, all the streets are decorated with lanterns and colored banners, and everyone goes out to look at the lanterns, try to solve riddles that are written on the lanterns, and eat a type of sticky rice dumpling called yuánxiāo. In the Qing dynasty, several types of performance were added to the Lantern Festival traditions, including the dragon dance, the lion dance, the dry boat dance, and the yangge dance. Following the celebrations beginning on the eve of the Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival is yet another climax of festivity.