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Major Lunar Holidays and Birthdays, these dates are based on the lunar Chinese Calendar and vary therefore from the dates of the international calendar.

1st Moon (1st lunar month)
day 01 Chinese New Year (Spring Festival; the most important festival for the Chinese people)
day 09 Birthday of the Jade Emperor
day 15 The Lantern Festival

2nd Moon (2nd lunar month)
day 02 Birthday of Tudigong, Lord of the Earth
day 03 Birthday of Wenchang, God of Literature
day 15 Birthday of Lao Zi, Lao Tse (Chinese: 老子; pinyin: Lǎozǐ), Founder of Taoism
day 19 Birthday of Guanyin/ Guan Yim/ Kuan Yim/ Kuan Yin, Goddess of Mercy

3rd Moon (3rd lunar month)
day 03 Birthday of Xuantian Shangdi, God of Rain
day 23 Birthday of Mazu, Goddess of the Sea

4th Moon (4th lunar month)
day 4 or 5 Qingming Festival (Bright & Clear) - Tomb Sweeping Day (see: Ancestor Worship)
day 08 Birthday of Siddhartha (Siddhārtha Gautama, Chinese: 釋迦牟尼, in Thai: พระโคตมพุทธเจ้า), Founder of Buddhism
day 14 Birthday of Lü Dongbin, one of the Eight Immortals
day 18 Birthday of Huato, Patron Saint of Medicine

5th Moon (5th lunar month)
day 05 Dragon Boat Festival

6th Moon (6th lunar month)
day 24 Birthday of Guan U, God of Warriors

7th Moon (Ghost Month)
day 07 Double Seven Festival, Lover's Day
day 15 (Hungry) Ghost Festival
day 30 Birthday of Dizang Wang, King of the Underworld

8th Moon (8th lunar month)
day 03 Birthday of the Kitchen God/ Zao Jun/ Zao Shen
day 15 Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival
day 16 Birthday of Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
day 27 Birthday of Confucius (Chinese: 孔夫子; pinyin: Kǒng Fūzǐ)

9th Moon (9th lunar month)
day 09 Chongyang Festival, Double Ninth Day, Double Yang Festival (nine is believed to be a lucky number)

10th Moon (10th lunar month)
day 01 Sending off the Winter Clothes
day 05 Birthday of Damo, founder of Chan Buddhism
day 15 Xian Yuan Festival

12th Moon (12th lunar month)
day 08 Laba Festival, Celebration of Siddhartha achieving enlightenment
day 21 or 22 Winter Solstice Festival
day 23 Kitchen God Festival, Kitchen God reports to the Jade Emperor

See also:
Chinese Calendar
History of China


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