Chinese New Year
Normally, the celebration will begin from the lunar New Year's Eve and traditionally lasts for around 15 days until the middle of the first month of the new lunar year. The Chinese typically prepare for this major festival by cleaning the entire house and having a reunion dinner on the eve of the new year. The first day is spent paying respect to family elders both living and passed, and the entire family purchases new clothes for the occasion.
Dragon Boat Festival
The Dragon Boat Festival, also called the Duanwu Festival, is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month according to the Chinese calendar. For thousands of years, the festival has been marked by racing dragon boats and eating Zongzi, translated as Glutinous Rice, wrapped to form a pyramid using bamboo or reed leaves. The oriental boating regatta commemorates the death of Qu Yuan, an honest minister so grieved by the corrupted state of his kingdom that he killed himself over it.
Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month when the moon is believed to be at its brightest. During this festival, Chinese families gather to eat mooncakes, which are traditionally baked with lotus paste and egg yolk filling but now come in a bewildering variety of all flavours, shapes and sizes.