Chinese Holidays and Festivals


Major holidays celebrated in China, Taiwan, and overseas Chinese communities are marked in bold, with this year’s corresponding Gregorian dates in parenthesis.

Lunar Holidays and Birthdays

1st Moon
Day 1 Chinese New Year
Day 9 Birthday of the Jade Emperor
Day 15 The Lantern Festival
2nd Moon
Day 2 Birthday of Tudigong, Lord of the Earth
Day 3 Birthday of Wenchang, God of Literature
Day 15 Birthday of Lao Zi, Founder of Taoism
Day 19 Birthday of Guanyin, Goddess of Mercy
3rd Moon
Day 3 Birthday of Xuantian Shangdi, God of Rain
Day 23 Birthday of Mazu, Goddess of the Sea
4th Moon
Day 8 Birthday of Siddhartha, Founder of Buddhism
Day 14 Birthday of Lu Dongbin, one of the Eight Immortals
Day 18 Birthday of Huato, Patron Saint of Medicine
5th Moon
Day 5 Dragon Boat Festival
6th Moon
Day 24 Birthday of Guan Gong, God of Warriors
7th Moon (Ghost Month)
Day 7 Lover’s Day
Day 15 Hungry Ghost Festival
Day 30 Birthday of Dizang Wang, King of the Underworld
8th Moon
Day 15 Mid-Autumn Festival
Day 16 Birthday of Sun Wugong, the Monkey King
Day 27 Birthday of Confucius
9th Moon
Day 9 Double Ninth Day
10th Moon
Day 1 Sending off the Winter Clothes
Day 5 Birthday of Damo, founder of Chan Buddhism
12th Moon
Day 8 Celebration of Siddhartha achieving enlightenment
Day 23 Kitchen God reports to the Jade Emperor
Solar Holidays and Birthdays
April 4, 5, or 6 Tomb Sweeping Day
September 28 Teacher’s Day (Taiwan — Confucius’ Birthday)
October 1 National Day (People’s Republic of China)
October 10 National Day (Taiwan — “Double Tenth”)

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