Archive for Public Holidays
Chinese New Year Fireworks
Sorry for the lack of updates but a Happy Chinese New Year to all. Chinese New Year is the most important public holiday in China where everyone goes back home to spend time with their family and friends, eat and set off lots of fireworks. This year is a little extra special because it’s the year of the dragon, which is considered the luckiest year of the Chinese Zodiac. The year of the dragon is so important that couples are planning their families to arrive specifically for the dragon year. It’s pretty crazy thinking about it so expect many dragon babies being born this year.
China 2012 Holiday Dates
The days are getting darker and the air is getting colder, which means the year 2011 is coming to an end.
For people living and working in China, the China 2012 holiday dates have been published, which means you get to find out what days you get off, together with the days you have to work for 2012. Here come the dates:
Hot Beijing Weather and Dragon Boat Festival
Just realized I haven’t my updated blog for a long while so it’s best for a little update.
Loving the hot and nice weather in Beijing at the moment, the skies are always blue and the sun is blazing every day. The upcoming Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in China that falls on June 6th or the 5th day of the 5th month of Chinese lunar calendar.
Qingming festival is tomorrow (5th April) meaning everyone in China gets a long three day weekend starting from Sunday. Qingming festival is when Chinese people visit the graves or burials of their ancestors. Typically people clean up the graves, bring food or fruit with them and burn money to remember and their honour ancestors. I did this last year for my great granddad and the experience was good. My family typically do this every year and it’s nothing new for me. I will be keeping this post short and I hope everyone enjoys the Qingming festival. God bless!
So yesterday was officially the last day of the Chinese New celebrations, which means the last chance to set off fireworks. Beijing was like a war zone with fireworks constantly going off and with people disregarding safety, it was common for people to set off fireworks in the middle of the road.
As it was the last day, I spent 200 RMB on two massive fireworks. Don’t worry, I set them off in a safe area in a local housing community Money well spent. Can’t wait until next year