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Festivals in China

TEFL Trainees / ESL Teachers in China can enjoy Chinese Festivals

China is a huge country with multiple cultures and traditions. There are numerous festivals in China celebrated with great festivity in various parts of the country. During the TESOL Course in China, the candidates will be able to take part in some of the festivities.

Spring festival
Spring festival is one of the most significant festivals of China, which is celebrated in the 1st day of the 1st lunar month. People celebrate this festival with their families during this time and there is a public holiday of seven days during this time. Sumptuous feast is prepared during this period, which is enjoyed with the family. Candidates coming for TESOL course in Shanghai can select their arrival time accordingly if they are interested.

Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, which takes place in late January or early February, is now a worldwide event. It is celebrated by the Chinese everywhere and in China the festivities are much more. There are firework displays, lion and dragon dance, temple fairs and Yangke dancing during the New Year. People decorate their houses, visit relatives and friends and wish luck to each other for a wonderful year ahead.

Lantern Festival
On the 15th of the first Lunar Month that is in the month of February the Chinese celebrates the Lantern Festival. Thousands of lanterns are lit to appease the Jade Emperor. There are garden parties, firework displays and also folk dances during the festival.

Dragon Boat Festival
It is one of the oldest festivals in China and is celebrated since last 2000 years. The festival takes place on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month in the Chinese calendar. The traditional food of this festival is Zongzi.

Double Seven Festival
Double Seven Festival as the name suggest takes place each year on the seventh day of the seventh month. It is a tradition for girls to beg for wisdom, dexterity and good marriage. It was more of a Chinese lover’s day, which is gradually loosing importance with the growing importance of Valentine’s Day. During the TESOL course in China, the trainees might a get chance to enjoy this traditional Chinese Valentine’s Day.

Winter Solstice Festival
The Winter Solstice is celebrated as a festival since the rule of the Han Dynasty. A grand feast is arranged on this day, and it is mostly a family affair. Sacrifices are made to appease the deity and the ancestors.