How to celebrate Chinese Lantern Festival?

The last day of firecrackers, fireworks and numerous meals with family and friends has arrived to celebrate the beginning of a new year! Today, February 6th, is the day of the Chinese Lantern Festival, which culminates the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. The main attraction of the festival are (very obvious) the lanterns. But that is not all! Hereunder you will find out all about how Chinese people celebrate the Lantern Festival.

By |February 7th, 2012|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|4 Comments

Lantern Festival, St. Valentine’s Day and Oranges!

The Lantern Festival (Yuán Xiāo Jié - 元宵节) occurs on the 15th day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar and marks the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations. Like all the Chinese holidays, the Lantern Festival is wrapped in myths and legends!

By |February 3rd, 2012|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

How to celebrate Chinese New Year?

As an old Chinese proverb states: “All creations are reborn on new year’s day. It’s a celebration of change.” (万象更新- Wànxiàng gēngxīn)

By |January 24th, 2012|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|2 Comments

Happy New Year! Happy Year of the Dragon! Happy 2012! Happy 4710! …. Uh, what??

In China, you actually get to celebrate New Year twice! Since 1912 China has adopted the Western (Gregorian) calendar, which means that in China people celebrate Chinese traditional New Year as well as New Year’s Day on the first of January.

So, clean out the old mess and embrace the spirit of the new year … twice!
 

By |January 21st, 2012|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|1 Comment

National Day of the People’s Republic of China

Welcoming October with a one-week vacation!

If you don't realize that something big is around the corner then you must be hiding in a cave!

By |September 30th, 2011|Holidays and Festivals|3 Comments

Mid-Autumn Festival

Moon cakes and a 3-day weekend. What's better than that?

This festival is also referred to as the Moon Festival. In Chinese, Zhōngqiūjié (中秋节).
What is it exactly? Only the 2nd most important holiday for Chinese people after the Spring Festival or the New Year!

By |September 14th, 2011|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|0 Comments

Learn about the Traditions of Chinese New Year

Welcome back to Hutong School website! This will be the final delivery of the Chinese New Year Series. Today we are going to learn more about the traditions of this very interesting holiday! Thank you very much for reading the past two posts! Have a great time reading this last post of the series!

By |January 18th, 2011|Chinese Culture, Holidays and Festivals|1 Comment

Traditional Foods of Chinese New Year

Hi and welcome back! This is the second post of the Chinese New Year Series. Today we are going to explore the fascinating aspects of traditional foods during this most important holiday for the Chinese people. Enjoy and have fun reading it!

By |January 14th, 2011|Chinese Culture, Food, Holidays and Festivals|1 Comment