China Also Has Thanksgiving Day? Check out the Festivals about Showing Gratitude in China

Hi dear friends, long time no see! Thanksgiving Day is just around the corner! Have you prepared roast turkeys yet? Thanksgiving is a traditional festival in the Western world, but do you know there are also some festivals about expressing gratitude in China?

Thanksgiving Day

Gǎn ēn jié
Thanksgiving Day

Gǎn ēn jié kuài lè!
Happy Thanksgiving Day!

Gǎn ēn jié chī huǒ jī.
People eat turkeys on Thanksgiving Day.

Tomb-sweeping Day – A day to honor ancestors and show gratitude to them

Tomb-sweeping Day is one of China’s four major traditional festivals. Every April, people pay tributes to their departed relatives and ancestors and give thanks for their hard work. Besides demonstrating respect to their ancestors, people usually celebrate the day by enjoying the season of spring – eating Qingtuan, or green rice balls (delicacies made from glutinous rice mixed with pounded mugwort), flying kites, as well as going for an outing.

Tomb-sweeping Day

Chuán tǒng jiē rì
Traditional festivals

Gǎn ēn jié shì měi guó de chuán tǒng jié rì.
Thanksgiving Day is a traditional American holiday.

Zhōng guó de sì dà chuán tǒng jié rì shì chūn jié, qīng míng jié, duān wǔ jié, zhōng qiū jié.
The four major traditional Chinese festivals are Spring Festival, Tomb-Sweeping Day, Dragon Boat Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival.

Mid-Autumn Festival – A day to be thankful for family reunion

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a time for families to enjoy sharing moon cakes and watching the full moon to rise together. After all, the best way to show gratitude to family members is to spend more time with them.

Mid-Autumn Festival

Yuè bǐng
Moon cake

Zhōng qiū jié chī yuè bǐng.
People eat moon cakes on Mid-Autumn Festival.

Yuè bǐng hěn hǎo chī.
Moon cakes are delicious.

Xiayuan Festival – A day to worship gods and show gratitude to them

Xiayuan Festival falls on the 15th day of the 10th lunar month each year. On this day, people will worship gods and show gratitude to them, at the same time pray for bumper harvests in the coming year. People normally will have a rest on this day, and hold some ceremonies to celebrate it.

Xiayuan Festival

Xiū xi
休息: n. rest/v. to rest

Wǒ jīn tiān xiū xi.
I’m off today.

Jīn tiān shì xiū xi rì.
Today is day-off.

Qìng zhù
庆祝: celebration; v. to celebrate

Wǒ men yī qǐ qìng zhù ba!
Let’s celebrate together!

Měi guó rén zěn me qìng zhù gǎn ēn jié?
How do people in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving Day?

Different countries have diversified holidays to express gratitude. No matter what form it is, the true meaning of gratitude is showing people’s sincere and love. Do you also know other festivals about expressing people’s gratitude worldwide? You’re welcome to tell us in the section below!

You May Want to Learn More :

5 Classic Chinese Stories of Gratitude
How Tomb Sweeping Day was Different This Year in China Due to COVID-19
Three Classic Mid-Autumn Festival Legends You Must Know

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