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Taking Chinese girls to the Moon Festival

So you’ve been dating a couple of Chinese girls online and would like to visit China and meet them in person.  When should you go?
Well, this really depends on your schedule and budget, but if you plan to be in China during the first week of September this year, you might consider going to the Mid-Autumn Festival, which is also commonly referred to as the Moon Festival.

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The festival takes place every year on the 15th day in the eighth month of the Chinese calendar, which is typically September or October on the Gregorian calendar.  This year, the festival happens to take place on September 6th, 7th, and 8th.  The fall weather makes this festival one of the most enjoyable events throughout the year, especially for those just visiting the country.

The Moon Festival is a lovely way to spend the day with Chinese girls you’ve been dating online.  People usually have the days of the festival off from work and are able to enjoy the celebrations, which historically observed the moon’s movement, the changing seasons, and agriculture.  The festival itself dates back to the Zhou Dynasty (1046-256 BC).

On a more romantic note, the festival also commemorates Chang E, who flew to the moon because she drank her husband’s elixir in order to protect it.  The festival is a lot of fun, with participants enjoying moon cakes, storytelling, and lantern games.

Father’s Day and Chinese dating

Chinese dating often means learning about the different customs that your new love observes. You might be surprised to learn that Father’s Day could be one of these customs.

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In China, Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June, which happens to be June 15th this year just like in the US and UK. However, in Mainland China and Hong Kong, the holiday is not readily observed by everyone.  It is usually reserved for expatriates living in the country.  This means it is not a public holiday.

Chinese dating means that you have to respect and honor your sweetheart’s family, so it might be a good idea to remember Father’s Day as a courtesy.  After all, her dad might be from the US just like you.

The current view of Father’s Day and its unofficial observance in June was not always the case in China.  In fact, during the period of WWII, Father’s Day was actually celebrated on August 8th because the government wanted the people to celebrate the soldiers who had died as well as honoring fathers.  This date was selected because it can be shortened to “bā bā” (八八 “eight eight”), which sounds very similar to the informal word for father (爸爸, bàba).

Over the years, the August 8th tradition dropped off in Mainland China, but it has continued in Taiwan.  The customs are pretty similar to the American ones; Dad is taken out for lunch or dinner, given gifts, and celebrated.

China Love Date Celebrates the Dragon Boat Festival with you

On June 5th almost all Chinese people will celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival with their families. This festival is not just about the dragon boat race. China Love Date will tell the story of the Dragon Boat Festival and the importance of the Chinese women behind it.

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There are a few legends told about the Dragon Boat Festival.. The most widely known one is the story of a great statesman and poet named Quyuan, who lived in the Warring States Period, more than 2,200 years ago. Quyuan worked for the good of the country its people, so he was much loved by the people, but was hated by many other powerful statesmen who framed him for crimes. Because of this he was driven away from the palace and exiled.

After he was exiled, the country was destroyed by corruption and was eventually occupied by the neighboring country. Quyuan felt deeply sad for the destruction of his country and the people suffered from the war. He did not want to abandon this country and wrote his last poem to express his sadness. Then he jumped into the river and killed himself.

Hearing about Quyuan’s death, most people were very shocked and sad. They went to the river side and mourned him. Many fishermen began to searching for Quyuan’s. This was the origin of the dragon boat race. To prevent the fish eating the body of Quyuan, one of the fishermen threw rice balls into the river, hoping that the fish would eat them instead. The rice balls was the orgin of Zongzi, a traditional food made from sticky rice and other ingredients inside such as pork, plum preserves, hams or salted eggs.

Today, watching the dragon boat races and eating Zongzi is still very popular among Chinese people. Families would also get together and enjoy a big dinner. Since 2008, the Chinese government has made the Dragon Boat Festival a public holiday, so that people can take a day off work and enjoy the time with their families.

If you are dating Chinese women or you have a Chinese wife, remember to share this festival with her. She will be impressed by your respect and care for her culture and value and love you even more.

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Qing Ming Festival Recognised by China Love Date

China has, many traditions and values, but an important one for the Western world is the family. Worshiping their ancestors is a very important part of the Chinese culture, “respecting your ancestors and remembering your family background has always been very deep within the Chinese people’s tradition,” said Toni, co-founder of China Love Date

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There are many festivals where the Chinese people worship their ancestors, but the most important one of all is the Qing Ming festival. The Qing Ming festival which falls on the 15th day during Spring Equinox is also known as the Tomb Sweeping Day. During this memorable day Chinese people will sweep clean their ancestor’s graves, lay new flowers and remember their ancestors. They will also offer them food. Burning of joss paper is also very common. The Chinese people believe that burnt joss paper can be used as money on the other side.

The Qing Ming festival has now been set as a public holiday by Government so that relatives and families can visit the graves of their ancestors. Many will also lay flowers at monuments and celebrate the lives for those who sacrificed themselves during the revolutionary war.

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