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China – Upcoming Holidays (March – June ’16)

Now that the Chinese New Year celebrations are behind us, let’s have a look at the upcoming holidays that will be celebrated in China.

First up is Women’s Day on March 8th. For the International Women’s day, all women in China get half a day off.
Date : Tuesday, March 8th, 2016 – half a day for the women.
Things to do: discounts for women in lots of restaurants and stores.
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On April 4, we will celebrate Tomb-Sweeping Day (Qingming Jie). Originally, Qingming Festival indicated that a good time for plowing and sowing in the spring, as it is when the temperature rises and the rainfall increases. Nowadays, Chinese people will visit the graves and honor their past ancestors. They pray, sweep the tombs and offer food. Often paper money and paper house, cars and other items are burned. In Chinese culture, it is believed that people will need these things in the afterlife. During this holiday, a lot of people like to enjoy spring outings and fly kites.

Date: April 2, 3 and 4 2016
Things to do: go to a park and fly a kite!
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As in a lot of countries worldwide, China celebrates Labour Day on May 1st. This used to be a weeklong holiday, now it is three days, but people still love to travel during this time.
Date: April 30, May 1 and May 2
Things to do: travel
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The Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Jie) is celebrated on every fifth day of the fifth month. This year, the public holiday is on Thursday June 9, Friday June 10 and Saturday June 11. Sunday June 122 will be a working day. There are a few different stories about where the holiday is originated. The best known one is about the poet and minister Qu Yuan of the stat Chu. When the king wanted to ally with another state, Qin. Qu was accused of treason and was banished. Later when Qin captured the Chu capital, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself. The local people admired the poet and raced out in boats to save him. This is said to be the original dragon boat races. They could not find his body, so they dropped sticky rice into the river so the fish would eat those and not Qu Yuan’s body.
Nowadays, people celebrate this festival eating zongzi (sticky rice in bamboo leaves) and by watching or participating in Dragon Boat Races.
Date: June 9 to June 11
Things to do: Dragon Boats Racing and prepare and eating zongzi.