Tuesday, February 27, 2007

2007 Lunar Festivals

China developed and used their lunisolar calendar to determine planting and harvesting times, and festival occasions. Although the western (Gregorian) calendar is used in China everyday, the lunar calendar is still important - especially for traditional holidays.

Chinese New Year (including the Lantern Festival on day 15), Mid-Autumn Festival and the Dragon Boat Festival are the most important and widely celebrated Chinese holidays. However there are quite a few other holidays celebrated by their lunar dates.

Sunday, February 18, 2007 - Chinese New Year, lunar 1/1, Year of the Pig, 4705
February 2007 - Common Man's birthday - This is celebrated more by Chinese in other parts of Asia, more than in China.
March 4 - lunar eclipse
Sunday, March 5, 2007 - Lantern Festival - lunar date 1/15 - This is also celebrated as a sort of Valentine's Day in some Chinese communities.

Tomb Sweeping Day April 5, 2007
May 1, 2007 (lunar 3/23) Tin Hau Festival - Taoist Goddess of the Sea and patron of fisherman. Celebration now is limited to smaller communities in fishing islands, or areas immediately around a Tin Hau temple. (There are about 60 temples in Hong Kong dedicated, at least partially, to Tin Hau.)

Buddha's Birthday (lunar 4/8) - This is now a public holiday in Hong Kong. In Cheung Chau, HK, the Cheung Chau Bun Festival is also held on this day, in honor of Pak Tai, the Taoist God of the Sea.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007 - Dragon Boat (Tuen Ng) Festival - lunar 5/5, Considered the third most important Chinese holiday

(July 7, 2007 - total lunar eclipse)

Sunday, August 19, 2007 - "Valentine's Day" - 7/7 lunar
Monday, August 27th, 2007 - Ghost Day - 7/15 lunar
Tuesday, September 25, 2007 - Mid-Autumn Festival - 8/15 lunar
Friday, October 19, 2007 - "Double Nine" Chong Yang Festival - 9/9 on the lunar calendar

Winter Solstice "Dong Zhi" Falls on December 20-22.

The 25th year of this cycle begins:
February 7, 2008 - Chinese New Year - lunar 1/1, Year of the Rat, 4706

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