Chinese Calendar 2020: Chinese Holidays & Events

Chinese Calendar 2020Chinese calendar 2020 has all the important details including important festivals and events that are celebrated and observed respectively. Chinese people love to celebrate festivals with great joy and zeal. In 2020, the Chinese Rat rules the year, hence claiming this year to be popularly called as “The Year Of The Metal Rat”.

In Chinese astrology, there are 12 animals which rule some specific years. In the year 2020, Chinese calendar begins from 25th January 2020 and will end on 11th February 2021. The 12 animals are Rat, Tiger, Ox, Dragon, Rabbit, Snake, Monkey, Rooster, Horse, Dog, Pig and Sheep. There are five elements of Yin Yang which affect the nature of the animal, thereby directly affecting the year.

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Chinese Calendar 2020: Main Chinese Holidays

Date Holiday Day
1 Jan New Year's Day Wednesday
2 Jan New Year's Weekend Thursday
24 Jan Spring Festival Eve Friday
25 Jan Chinese New Year Saturday
26 Jan - 30 Jan Spring Festival Golden Week Holiday Sunday - Thursday
8 Feb Lantern Festival Saturday
24 Feb Zhonghe Festival Monday
8 Mar International Women's Day Sunday
12 Mar Arbor Day Thursday
20 Mar March Equinox Friday
4 Apr Qing Ming Jie Saturday
1 May Labour Day Friday
4 May Youth Day Monday
1 Jun Children's Day Monday
21 Jun June Solstice Sunday
25 Jun Duanwu Festival or Dragon Boat Festival Thursday
1 Jul CPC Founding Day Wednesday
11 Jul Maritime Day Saturday
1 Aug Army Day Saturday
25 Aug Chinese Valentine's Day Tuesday
2 Sep Spirit Festival Wednesday
10 Sep Teachers' Day Thursday
22 Sep September Equinox Tuesday
1 Oct National Day Thursday
1 Oct Mid-autumn Festival Thursday
2 Oct - 7 Oct National Day Golden Week Holiday Friday - Wednesday
25 Oct Double Ninth Festival or Chongyang Festival Sunday
8 Nov Journalists' Day Sunday
21 Dec December Solstice Monday
25 Dec Christmas Friday

Chinese Calendar 2020: History of Chinese Calendar

We have mentioned above the chinese calendar 2020 but you know the history of chinese calendar, here it is: During the Eastern Zhou dynasty between 771 and 476 BC, Chinese Calendar was designed and brought into the light. Chinese Calendar marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year on January 25, 2020, till February 11, 2021. Metal Rat will rule the year 2020. Metal, as per Chinese astrology, represents the season of Harvest, i.e. autumn. Hereby according to this understanding, 2020 proves to be a year of outcomes, ambitions and success with challenges.

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Chinese Calendar 2020: Important Festivals Celebrated In China

All of the Chinese festivals we have mentioned in our Chinese Calendar 2020 list. Chinese festivals abide by the traditional colours, beliefs and themes, and mark an important aspect in Chinese history. Every festival mentioned in the Chinese Calendar reflects an amalgamation of modern and ancient customs and beliefs. Some of the most popular festivals are mentioned below:

  1. One of the important days celebrated with great joy by the people in China is the Chinese New Year. The year brings with itself ample opportunities to take up and challenges to face and enables a native to evolve emotionally, physically and mentally. Chinese New Year, also known as the Chinese Spring Festival, will be celebrated on the 25th of January according to Chinese calendar 2020. The celebration lasts for about two weeks.
  2. Yuan Xiao Festival 2020 will be celebrated after 15 days from the Chinese Spring festival. It will fall on 8th January 2020 as listed in Chinese calendar 2020. This festival is also known as the Chinese Lantern Festival and many people from all over the world visit China to witness the beautiful lanterns in the sky on this day. The sky seems very colourful and offers positive vibes to the viewers. Tangyuan, a traditional Chinese dessert, is savoured on this day.
  3. Mid-Autumn Festival 2020 is a significant day as per Chinese traditions. On this day, families and friends gather together, enjoy the sight of Full Moon and share a delicious meal. The feel of this day is somewhat similar to Thanksgiving Day. It will be celebrated on 1st October this year as mentioned in Chinese calendar 2020. It is believed that worshipping the Moon on this day brings good luck and peace within the family.
  4. The National Day Of China will be observed on 1 October in the year 2020 as listed in Chinese calendar 2020. It celebrates the establishment of the People’s Republic of China and is known to be one of the important days observed in the country. The government, on this day, organises fireworks, events and concerts for the natives and spread the patriotism.
  5. Duanwu Festival 2020, also popularly known as Dragon Boat Festival, is known to be an ancient festival. On this day, people come together to watch or become a part of boat races. Another important thing done this day is eating a food item called Zongzi, which is a traditional rice dish. This year, Duanwu Festival will be observed on 25 June as per Chinese calendar 2020.
  6. On the day of Chongyang Festival 2020 or Double Ninth Festival, people eat Chongyang cake and drink Chrysanthemum wine while sitting and gathering together. In some parts of China, people plan on going for mountain-climbing and admire the lush, green views. It falls on 25 October as described in Chinese calendar 2020.
  7. One of the important Chinese festivals, Qingming Festival 2020, will be observed on 4 April in 2020. This is one of the important festivals of China according to Chinese calendar 2020. This festival also goes by the name Tomb Sweeping Day. Sacrifices are offered to the ancestors on this day, and their tombs are cleaned and swept.
  8. Labor Day 2020 is also known as International Workers’ Day and is observed on 1 May in 80 countries and more. Central People’s Government Council nominated this day as Chinese Labor Day in 1949. The same date has been mentioned in Chinese calendar 2020 along with other calendars.

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