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This is a season filled with abundant sunshine, fluttering bunting, deafening drumbeats and cheers, and delicious smell of wrapped glutinous rice in bamboo leaves.  Originated from the tragic legend of the poet Quyuan, the Dragon Boat Festival is more like a carnival in today’s China, as intense rowing competitions are held amongst all kinds of administrative divisions.

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Defined as another Chinese Valentine’s Day, the Qixi (7th Evening) Festival embraces romantic legends.  Interestingly contrasts to the Dragon Boat Festival, this is a girls’ night with gentle competitions: young ladies would compete on their skills of making mini handicrafts, and offer these craftworks to the 7th Fairy (also known as the Weaver-girl) to pray for dexterity, love or fertility.

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The Spring Festival is one of the most important events for Chinese people.  The legend of the “Nian” (Year) Monster illustrates the purposes of some traditions, such as setting off firecrackers, lighting candles, hanging lanterns, and employing red colour everywhere.  Besides all kinds of festivities, people constantly feast with family and friends to celebrate the arrival of the New Year.