Festivals celebrated in China have a unique vigour, style and rituals. They are nothing like what we have in other parts of the world. These days are particularly auspicious as per Chinese Astrology. People show affections towards their dear ones by offering gifts and pray for their success and prosperity. The year 2019 being the year of the Pig is amazing in itself as Pig denotes wealth. In this article, different Chinese festivals and their dates as per Gregorian calendar are given for your knowledge.
|New Year's Day||January 01, 2019||Tuesday|
|New Year's weekend||January 02, 2019||Wednesday|
|Laba Festival (Rice Porridge Festival)||January 13, 2019||Sunday|
|Spring Festival Eve||February 04, 2019||Monday|
|Chinese New Year||February 05, 2019||Tuesday|
|Spring Festival holiday||February 06 - 10, 2019||Wednesday|
|Lantern Festival||February 19, 2019||Tuesday|
|International Women's Day||March 08, 2019||Friday|
|Zhonghe Festival (Blue Dragon Festival)||March 08, 2019||Friday|
|Arbor or Tree Planting Day||March 12, 2019||Tuesday|
|March Equinox||March 20, 2019||Wednesday|
|Cold Food Day (Hanshi Festival)||April 05, 2019||Friday|
|Qing Ming Jie||April 05, 2019||Friday|
|Shangsi Festival (Double Third Festival)||April 07, 2019||Sunday|
|Water Splashing Festival||April 13 - 15, 2019||Saturday - Monday|
|Labour Day||May 01, 2019||Wednesday|
|Youth Day||May 04, 2019||Saturday|
|International Nurses Day||May 12, 2019||Sunday|
|Buddha Birthday||May 12, 2019||Sunday|
|Children's Day||June 01, 2019||Saturday|
|Dragon Boat Festival||June 07, 2019||Friday|
|June Solstice||June 21, 2019||Friday|
|CPC Founding Day||July 01, 2019||Monday|
|Maritime Day||July 11, 2019||Thursday|
|Army Day||August 01, 2019||Thursday|
|Double Seven Festival/Chinese Valentine's Day||August 07, 2019||Wednesday|
|Chinese Ghost Day/Spirit Day (Zhongyuan Jie)||August 15, 2019||Thursday|
|Teachers' Day||September 10, 2019||Tuesday|
|Mid-Autumn Festival||September 13, 2019||Friday|
|September Equinox||September 23, 2019||Monday|
|National Day||October 01, 2019||Tuesday|
|National Day Golden Week holiday||October 02 - 07, 2019||Wednesday- Monday|
|Double Ninth Festival||October 07, 2019||Monday|
|Journalists' Day||November 08, 2019||Friday|
|National Constitution Day||December 04, 2019||Wednesday|
|December Solstice||December 22, 2019||Sunday|
|Christmas Day||December 25, 2019||Wednesday|
It is believed in Chinese culture that celebrating festivals will bring happiness and growth. People encourage each other to celebrate them with unfathomed zeal. MyKundali has dedicated a lot of time to identify these festivals and their significance. Unlike Vedic or Hindu Festival System, they have their own set of do’s and don’ts. People across the globe attend these festivals owing to their diversity and fun element. They are interesting, amusing and magnificent; thus attracting a lot of tourists as well.
In the Year of the Pig, Chinese animal zodiac sign of Pig will be ruling the year starting from February 05, 2019. Till January 04, 2020 Pig will be the controlling factor for all the animal signs. The year is promising wealth and prosperity. People who are into agriculture or farming, environment-related industry, real estate, religious preaching or spiritual activities will find better opportunities and possibilities of growth and expansion this year.
Gregorian calendar is universally accepted but a country like China holding a history so strong does have its own system of calendar. Based on lunar system, this calendar is crucial to the beginning of a new year, or celebration of a festival. Though the former is also used for official purposes. Chinese people believe in tradition and rituals. They follow the same method of celebration as mentioned in traditional scriptures. They would opt for their own calendar over any other. The festivals like Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival and Tomb-sweeping Day, among others constitute the Chinese Calendar. They prefer to celebrate birthdays, perform marriage rituals, or find a time for a important trip using their own system of calculation and Chinese calendar.
Read about different types of Calendar: Calendar 2019
Pig is the 12th animal in Chinese astrology. Those born in the year of Pig are considered to be lucky. Pig symbolizes wealth and those under this zodiac sign are fearless, wealthy, pleasant in personality, gullible and well-educated. Sometimes they are stubborn as well as materialistic. Pigs are lazy but warm-hearted, straightforward and patient. They easily make friends.
They make a career easily, being hardworking and dedicated towards their responsibilities. Though frustration surrounds them when they compare others with themselves. This could even lead to loss of confidence. Luck generally favors the Pig. The kind hearted Pig also has certain flaws like being short-sighted, lack of accountability and poor management skills. However, the skills or strengths they posses are many:
In the year of the Pig, there could be some clashes owing to inauspicious stars. Constraints and complications may also accompany them. Pigs will be fortunate though they may feel anxious over the setbacks. Sadness is not the way of life for a Pig but injury or conflicts may force you into melancholy. Control your temperament, as you still have the potential to come out undefeated. Avoid speculating with money and do not trust a stranger. Trust your partner and maintain love in your personal life. Health needs your attention. Absent-mindedness and lack of sleep can invite accidents. Take proper nutrition and go for routine check-ups.
The celebration of Spring festival that continue for a whole week mark the beginning of the new year in China. It is the day when new moon falls between the winter solstice and spring equinox. During this time, Chinese people worship their deities as well as ancestors. Chinese New Year and Chinese National Day fall almost together during these days. One amazing fact about Chinese holidays and festivals is that if a festival is falling on a weekend, it is swapped with weekdays to make a longer holiday period.
MyKundali wishes you a lovely Chinese year ahead!