- Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It consists of a period of celebrations, starting on New Year’s Day, celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar.
It is one of the most well-known Indian festivals and celebrated throughout India, as well as in Indian communities throughout the Diaspora. It is colloquially known as the “festival of lights”, for the common practice is to light small oil lamps. The celebration of the festival is invariably accompanied by the exchange of sweets and the explosion of fireworks.
- The Moon Festival
The Moon Festival, also known as Mid-Autumn Festival, is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese Lunar calendar (the other one being Chinese Lunar New Year). Chinese people believe that July, August and September fall in Autumn in the Lunar calendar. The festival is in the middle of lunar August since it is the ideal time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest on the Moon Festival. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will get together to admire the harvest moon and eat moon cakes under the moon.