There are many popular festivals in China, and many of the different festivals are also viewed as Chinese versions of Valentine’s Day. This article tells you about each holiday and how to celebrate it.
1 Qíngrén jié 情人节 Valentine’s Day 14/2
Like in the West, February 14 is now one of China’s many Valentine’s Days. It came from the West and has gradually become popular.
On this day, couples spend time together by going to the movies or having a romantic dinner, just like in the West. People often give their loved ones chocolate, roses, or some jewelry. Make sure to spend this Chinese holiday with your partner!
2 Báisè qíngrén jié 白色情人节 White Valentine’s Day 14/3
White Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated in Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, among other East Asian countries.
Báisè qíngrén jié 白色情人节 White Valentine’s Day is celebrated every year on March 14.
3 Wǔ èr líng 520 20/5
The growing Internet culture brought this interesting Chinese Valentine’s Day to China. It started because Wǔ èr líng, which is how you say 520 in Chinese, sounds like Wǒ ài nǐ 我爱你 I love you!
4 Qīxì jié 七夕节 Qi Xi Festival In the period July 28 to August 28
The Qixi Festival is based on a love story about two people who can only see each other once a year. This is why the festival is celebrated.
Niú láng 牛郎 an oxherd, married Zhīnǚ织女 the weaver girl who was a fairy, with the help of his ox, which was a dethroned cattle god.
Zhīnǚ织女 went back to heaven with his goddess mother. The goddess put a river of stars (the Milky Way) between them, but magpies were allowed to build a bridge once a year to meet on Qīxì 七夕, the seventh day of the seventh month in Chinese the lunar calendar.
Because the date is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, it comes about 21 to 51 days after the Gregorian date, which is in the period between July 28 and August 28.
The upcoming dates for the Qīxì jié 七夕节 are August 4 (2022), August 22 (2023), August 10 (2024) etc.
Like on Valentine’s Day, you can expect to get gifts or go for a meal with your companion.
5 Yuánxiāo jié 元宵节 The Lantern Festival 15th Day in Lunar Year
Yuánxiāo jié 元宵节 Lantern Festival takes place on the 15th day of the first month in the Lunar Calendar. Some Chinese people think of this old traditional festival as the Chinese version of Valentine’s Day.
In ancient China, it was common for men and women to go out on dates and find partners by going out to light the lanterns.
On this day, people usually eat Yuán xiāo 元宵, a sweet dumpling that is filled with peanuts or sesame paste.
Chinese words important for Valentine’s Day
wǎn cān 晚餐 dinner
ài qíng 爱情 love
tán liàn’ài 谈恋爱 to day
jié hūn 结婚 to marry
qiú hūn 求婚 propose marriage
shǒu shì 首饰 jewelry
qíng lǚ 情侣 lovers
xiān huā 鲜花 fresh flower
lǐ wù 礼物 gift
biǎo bái 表白 confession
nán péngyǒu 男朋友 boyfriend
nǚ péngyǒu 女朋友 girlfriend
yuē huì 约会 dating
àn liàn 暗恋 to have a crush; to like someone in secret
xìng fú 幸福 blessed, happiness
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