Taiwan, or the Republic of China, is a state found in the eastern part of Asia. Since Taiwan was originally based in the Chinese mainland, its culture is heavily influenced by Chinese traditions and customs. You can notice the similarities in their culture in many areas, such as the holidays that they celebrate. We have a list of the Taiwan holidays for 2013 below. (more…)
Just like any other country in the world, Hong Kong has a couple of holidays that they exclusively celebrate. During these holidays, workers are usually granted off or rest days from work. Here are the holidays that are celebrated in Hong Kong this 2013.
- January 1, New Year’s Day – The celebration for the start of a new year and on 2013, this day will land on a Tuesday. New Year’s Day should not be mistaken for the Chinese New Year. On New Year’s Eve, many people in Hong Kong will gather round at Times Square for the countdown.
The Chinese Lunisolar Calendar indicates that Chinese New Year this year (February 10, 2013)will celebrate the Zodiac Symbol of the Black Water Snake.
The Zodiac Symbol: The Water Snake or Black Snake
The animal featured for Chinese New Year 2013 is the water snake. Since the water snake is black, the festival may also be called The Year of the Black Snake or The Year of the Black Water Snake. In Chinese culture, the snake is a highly intelligent, seductive, and cunning creature that is oftentimes associated with good luck. The snake is seen as a mysterious creature that is well in contact with its internal emotions and very private about displaying personal gestures. Notoriously known for using deception to achieve its deepest desires, the snake is seen as an ambitious creature that excels in the areas of persuasion and manipulation. Genius in the area of business, the snake is seen as the master of success. The snake also has some negative traits such as lying or being anti-social. However, the well-balanced snake does not wish harm to others. Very private, the snake may keep to itself and socialize only when necessary for an alterior purpose. In honor of the black snake, this year’s festival will be adorned with the image of the black snake. (more…)
People in China get lots of public holidays all over the year which includes 11 days of festival and 104 days of weekends. They celebrate different festivals and the employees, teachers and students and other citizens are free to enjoy the holidays of the summer and winter vacations throughout the year. All of the public holidays are set according to the regulations of the government of the People’s Republic of China.
The People’s Republic of China has a population of over 1.3 billion. It is in fact ranked as the most populous country in the world today. Believe it or not, this entire population inhabits a total of 9.6 million square kilometers. This makes it the second largest state in terms of land area. On the other hand, the East Asia state is the fourth largest in terms of the total area. The entire landscape is quite extensive and vast.
There is no question that as a tourist destination, it is known for its bargains, but it is important to realize that there are other things to do in Hong Kong besides shopping. Very few tourists realize that Hong Kong has more to offer for everyone aside from affordable shopping experience. Despite being considered synonymous to rowdy, dirty, and cramped metropolis by some tourists, it remains as one of the favorite destinations in its side of the globe. When planning a trip to Hong Kong, it is important to be aware of your alternatives.
The Chinese holidays are set on different dates each year, mainly because these are based on several calendars, including the lunar calendar and the agricultural calendar. This is why the dates of the holidays that are going to be celebrated in the China Holidays 2012 calendar vary from those that were in the 2011 calendar.
Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in China. And it is also celebrated in many other countries. Like many other things, this festival has also become a global festival and every year more and more people participate in the festivities. Chinese New Year has gone through many a change over the centuries, but its appeal has not diminished. It was born out of fear of a monster named Nian and now it has become a festival of joy and family ties. This is also the biggest example of human migration. In 2010 an approximate 210 million people returned home during this festival.