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Chinese Traditions

Chinese Traditions Defined

Chinese traditions are the statements, beliefs, legends, customs, and information which are handed down from generation to generation either by word of mouth or by practice.  They play a role in influencing the way the Chinese society spends its time, the way it thinks, and the things that it participates in.  This in turn affects a society's decision making which is relevant to the business person who wants to import from China.    

Chinese Traditions Origins

Many of the Chinese traditions as it relates to respect and family were influenced by Confucianism.  Other traditions were shaped by Taoism and Buddhism to bring a large heterogeneous society into harmony.

Some timeless Chinese traditions include respecting your elders and ancestors, maintaining family and society peace, saving face, and enjoying nature and festivals.  Some of the key Chinese festivals include:

Major Chinese Traditions

Chinese New Year Celebration

Chinese New Year Celebration is a two week celebration occurs around late January or early February of the western calendar.  It is a time to start fresh.  So people spend time cleaning their houses.  There are meticulous rules on how and when to clean your houses.    It is a time to think about your ancestors and visit your families.  The streets are marked with dragon dances with loud fire crackers to scare off evil spirits.

Chinese Moon Festival

Chinese Moon Festival is a harvest celebration which occurs around September or early October of the western calendar.  Special moon cakes made with a dark seed paste filling are given as presents to friends and family.  Fireworks also take place to mark this celebration.

Dragon Boat Racing

Dragon Boat Racing is a mid summer festival celebrating the death of the Chinese poet, Qu Yuan who committed suicide by drowning himself around 300 B.C. The Chinese eat steamed rice dumplings wrapped in leaves.  Drum beats take place during the dragon boat races to scare off evil spirits.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Chinese Lantern Festival is held early during the year where people buy paper lanterns, light them in the night and gather in the streets for the celebration.

Ox Soul Festival

The birthday of the Ox king is celebrated during the Ox Soul Festival. Oxen used to work the farms are given the day off.  They are fed steamed black rice to make sure that the Ox King brings them a good harvest.