Chinese culture is full of ancient traditions making traditional Chinese festivals an important part of their culture. A close relationship exists between many of the traditional festivals and chronology, mathematics, the Chinese calendar and the twenty-four solar terms. Many of the customs connected with the traditional festivals have links with religious devotions and myths. The form which most of the festivals take today was established around the time of the Han Dynasty (206BC - 220) and for many years, various eminent poets have written countless masterpieces describing the festivals and are still recited regularly today.

Almost every festival has its own unique origins and customs which reflect the traditional practices and morality of the whole Chinese nation and its people. The grandest and most popular festivals are the Spring Festival, the Lantern Festival, the Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Mid-autumn Festival, etc.

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Lantern Festival, Auckland 2014.
The festival – now in its 15th year – was held at Albert Park and Queens Wharf on the first
Year of the Horse Auckland Libraries.
Join us at Auckland Libraries for Lunar New Year, the most important of the traditional Asian holidays, and the beginning
Lion dance.
Was celebrated on Saturday, 18 January 2014 from 9.30am to 4.00pm at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland