The festivals introduced here have been selected for their traditional Chinese nature. Often the dates will vary from year to year because they are celebrated according to the Chinese calendar.

  • Chinese New Year is also called Spring Festival. It is the most important festival for Chinese people. Many activities are held to celebrate the festival, such as dragon dances, setting off firecrackers, making dumplings, etc.
  • Qingming Festival (around April 4) is Chinese people's day to visit graves and burial grounds to pray their respects to their ancestors. It's known as Tomb Sweeping Festival in English. Many Chinese also go for a picnic during Qingming Festival to enjoy the picturesque scenery of spring.
  • The most popular and representative activity of the Dragon Boat Festival is dragon boat racing. Dragon Boat Festival falls on month 5, day 5 of the Chinese lunar calendar (around mid-June). During this traditional festival in China, people customarily eat rice dumplings.
  • The Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated in many East Asian communities... People celebrate it by gathering for dinners, worshipping the moon, lighting paper lanterns, eating mooncakes, etc.
  • The Double Ninth Festival is also named Chong Yang Festival. It is held on the 9th day of the 9th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (around mid-October). During the festival, enjoying chrysanthemums and climbing mountains are popular activities in China.
  • October 1 is the National Day of the People's Republic of China, the most important holiday in China. The founding of the People's Republic of China is an important milestone not only for the Chinese people, but also for the Chinese living overseas.

Click/Tap on an image to read more about these festivals.

Chinese New Year
Qing Ming Festival
Dragon Boat Festival
Mid Autumn Festival
Chong Yang Festival
Chinese National Day


Manchester Chinese Centre
67 Ardwick Green
M12 6FX

Click for map


+44 (0) 161 275 9885


Charity Information

Manchester Chinese Centre is a company limited by guarantee (Reg No. 5641623) and a registered charity (Reg No. 1114121).

Skip to content