Chinese traditional festivals

  1. Last day of 12th lunar month
  1. Chinese New Year Eve
  2. 1st day of 1st lunar month
  2. Spring Festival
  3. 15th day of 1st lunar month
  3. Lantern Festival
  4. around April 5
  4. Tomb Sweeping Day
  5. 5th day of 5th lunar month
  5. Dragon Boat Festival
  6. 15th day of 8th lunar month
  6. Mid-Autumn Festival
Foreign festivals
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  1. Dec. 25th
  2. Feb. 14th
  3. Apr. 1st
  4. fourth Thursday in Nov.
  5. around Mar. 7th
  6. Oct. 31st ? ? ? ? ? ?
  1. Christmas
  2. Valentine’s Day
  3. Fool’s Day
  4. Thanksgiving Day
  5. Easter Day
  6. Halloween
Can you guess these festivals?
Halloween Thanksgiving
Valentine’s Day
New words: starve: cause to suffer or die from hunger satisfy: give sb. what he wants or needs arrival: the act of arriving
origin: a starting point trick: a stupid or childish act gain: obtain admire: look at with pleasure or satisfaction energetic: full of energy; active
Read the text and find out different kinds of holidays
Ancient festivals Festivals of the Dead Festivals to Honour People Harvest Festivals Spring Festivals
Fast reading
What festivals are mentioned in each paragraph? P
  1. Ancient festivals celebrate the end of the cold weather, planting in spring and harvest in autumn; celebrate when hunters catch animals.
  2. Festivals of the Dead Japan Obon MexicoDay of the Dead AmericaHalloween P
  3. Festivals to Honour People Dragon Boat Festival Columbus Day (India)October 2
  4. Harvest Festivals Harvest and Thanksgiving Festival Mid-Autumn festival P
  5. Spring festival Spring festival Carnival Easter Cheery Blossom Festival
Obon(盂兰盆) in Japan (盂兰盆)
Halloween (万圣节 万圣节) 万圣节
Dragon Boat Festival
Columbus Day
Harvest Festivals

  1. When did ancient people celebrate?
  2. What are festivals of the dead for?
  3. Why does India have a national festival on October 2?
  4. Why are autumn festivals happy events?
  5. Name three things people do at spring festivals.
  6. What is one important reason to have festivals and celebrations?

  1. When did ancient people celebrate? They would celebrate the end of the cold weather, planting in spring and harvest in autumn and hunters’ catching animals.

  2. What are festivals of the dead for? They are held to honor the dead, or satisfy and please the ancestors.
  3. Why does India have a national festival on October 2? India has a national festival on October 2 to honor Mahatma Gandhi, the leader who helped gain India’s independence from Britain.

  4. Why are autumn festivals happy events? People are grateful because their food is gathered for the winter, and because a season of agricultural work is over.

  5. Name three things people do at spring festivals. Eating dumplings, fish and meat; giving children lucky money in red paper; dancing and singing.
Intensive reading
True or False
  1. The ancient people needn’t worry F
  2. Halloween used to be a festival intended to honor the dead. T about their food.

  3. Qu Yuan was a great poet who people honor a lot in China. T
  4. Mid-autumn Festival is held to celebrate the end of autumn. F
  5. Easter celebrates the birth of Jesus. F


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