Festival & Customs

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There are many festivals in the Chinese calendar, which are closely related to old myths and legends, and are enriched with colours and diversity.  For example, Mid-Autumn Festival began as a harvest festival.  The festival was later given a mythological flavor with legends of Chang-E, the beautiful lady in the moon.

What is more important is that Chinese festivals reinforce the concept of the family as the cornerstone of society.  Whatever their origins, Chinese festivals are occasions for family gathering and reunions. Whether it is a joyous celebration (such as Spring Festival) or whether it is remembrance of the dead (such as Zhong Yuan Jie), the Chinese festival is a time for family members to share a meal and to venerate their ancestors.  And it is precisely this close nexus between family cohesion and Chinese festivals that provides an important reason for the preservation of these traditional festivals.

Chinese has many rituals related to births and birthdays, weddings and funerals. These are the three milestones of a person's life and a multitude of rituals has evolved around each of these major events; some based on necessity and logic, others based on religious precepts or folk superstitions. Our point is that the forms of the rituals are of secondary importance; of greater significance are the moral values underlying these traditional practices.

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