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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. 

 

Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Chinese Spring Festival Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism
Chinese New Year Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism, Confucianism
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
Army Day Noteworthy & Common
Qixi Festival Popular & Widely Observed
Mid-Autumn Festival Public, Religious/Beliefs Chinese / East Asian, Taoism / Daoism
National Day of China Public, National
National Day China Public