The annual calendar followed by the Chinese community is different from those followed by the English or the U.S residents. They follow the lunisolar calendar – which is an amalgamation of the components of both the lunar and the solar calendar, with basic emphasis on the changing phases of the moon that determines the change of dates and months.
The traditional Chinese festivals can be broadly classified into eight distinct events, celebrated throughout the Chinese year. The first to start with is the Spring festival, to be held on 10th February this year, which will commemorate the onset of spring and adjoining seasonal changes in nature. The next festival is the Lantern Festival – wherein thousands of lanterns are lit up by the Chinese people to mark the last day in the first month of Chinese New Year, to be held this year on 24th February.
The Qingming is another major Chinese traditional festival that is celebrated on the particular day when the Sun is exactly at a celestial position of 15° longitude. In 2013 it will be celebrated on 4th April, 2013. The next big traditional festival for the Chinese is the Dragon Boat – the day on which large human-made boats of teak in the shape of dragon head and tails are initiated in the Pearl river delta for competition.
This festival would be held on 2nd June, 2013. The Double-Seventh will be celebrated on 13th August this year whereas Mid-Autumn has been dated as on September 9, 2013. The ChongYang festival is another occasion of joy and merriment, to be celebrated on 13th August, 2013. The final traditional festival slotted in the 2013 Chinese calendar is Laba, to be held on 19th January.